From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Cross, William R.

(born: Aug. 25, 1913  -  died: March 31, 1997) 

Born in Bardstown, KY, William Cross became the city's first African American school board member in 1960, then became the vice-chairman of the Bardstown Board of Education and in 1971.

Cross was the son of Alexander "Thomas" A. Cross and Sally A. Duncan Cross and the husband of Evelyn L. Cross. He was employed at one time at the Early Times Distillery and the J. T. S. Distillery.

For more see "36 city officials include mayor, police court judge," in Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials [1972], by the Commission on Human Rights, p. 16.

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