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

Giles, Yvonne Y.

(born: 1944) 

Born in Lexington, KY, Yvonne Giles was the first African American woman elected to the La Grange City Council, in 1986, and then re-elected in 1987. She is the director of the Isaac Hathaway Museum, that was located in the Lexington History Center [the old court house] in Lexington. In July 2011, the Museum moved to Georgetown Street in the Robert H. Williams Cultural Center that is housed in the building that served as the Lexington Colored Orphan Industrial Home. Yvonne Giles is also known as the "Cemetery Lady" because she is one of the leaders in the effort to preserve the history and integrity of African American cemeteries in Lexington. She is the author of Stilled Voices Yet Speak, a history of African Cemetery No.2 in Lexington, KY. She has published many  brochures on African American history in Lexington, and made significant contributions to Lexington tourism publications. For more see "Hopkinsville has 3 blacks on city council," in 1988 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, Seventh Report, by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, p. 25; Y. Giles, "African American Burials; Fayette County's storied past," Ace Weekly (April 26, 2007), p. 9; and M. Davis, "Search for the dead," Lexington Herald-Leader, 04/06/02, Main News section, p. A1. Also see entries for Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum and African Cemetery No. 2.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum
NKAA Entry: Robert H. Williams Children's Home and Cultural Center
NKAA Entry: Lexington's Colored Orphan Industrial Home
NKAA Source: Stilled voices yet speak: a history of African American cemeteries in Lexington and Fayette County, Kentucky
NKAA Source: Kentucky directory of black elected officials
NKAA Source: Ace weekly (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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