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

Bowles, Joseph William

(born: 1858  -  died: 1942) 

Bowles, born in Mississippi, was named a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Bradley; he was the first African American to be named a Kentucky Colonel. Bowles was also described as a Republican leader. For more see "Death Roll" in The Negro Handbook 1944 compiled and edited by F. Murray.


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NKAA Source: The Negro handbook: a manual of current facts, statistics and general information concerning negroes in the United States [1944]

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