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

Dulin, James W.

(born: November 4, 1909  -  died: August 29, 1986) 

James W. Dulin was a coal miner. In 1972, he became the first African American elected to the Earlington (KY) City Council and in 1973 became the first African American appointed mayor of Earlington, completing the term of the previous mayor. Dulin was the second African American mayor in Kentucky.

James W. Dulin was employed at the Hopkins County Hospital in Madisonville, KY and a junior warden of the Zadok Masonic Lodge in Earlington, no. 30. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

James W. Dulin was born in 1909 in Madisonville, the son of Doc and Ada Robinson Dulin and the husband of Lonnie Dulin. He died in Madisonville and is buried in the Earlington Cemetery in Earlington.  

For more see Human Rights News, Aug.-Oct., 1973, p. [4], col. B; "Group honors James Dulin at Earlington," The Messenger, 7/6/1971, p. 10; "Obituaries: James Dulin," The Messenger, 9/2/1986, p. 3; and James W. Dulin at Find A Grave.

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NKAA Source: Human rights news (periodical)
NKAA Source: The Messenger (newspaper) [Madisonville, KY]

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