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

Ralls, James Edward

(born: 1923  -  died: 2010) 

In 1971, James E. Ralls became the first African American councilman in Mt. Sterling, KY, continuing to serve for 27 years.

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. 14; and James Edward Ralls in the "Obituaries" of the Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/7/2010, or at

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