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

Hillman, John W.

(born: 1848  -  died: 1911) 

Hillman was born in Trigg County, KY, the son of Dan Hillman. After slavery ended, he moved to Covington and worked at several hotels as a waiter and steward, then later became custodian of the City Building of Covington, or, as author W. D. Johnson characterized it, Hillman was considered the first city official. Hillman was the husband of Ellen W. Hillman, born 1850 in Virginia. In 1880, the family lived on Pike Street in Covington, according to the U. S. Federal Census. In 1910, John was a janitor in a bank, and his son Fred was a filing clerk at the bank. For more see Biographical Sketches of Prominent Negro Men and Women of Kentucky, by W. D. Johnson.


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NKAA Entry: Johnson, William D.
NKAA Source: Biographical sketches of prominent Negro men and women of Kentucky

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“Hillman, John W.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 20, 2021,

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