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

Johnson, Thelma Banks

(born: 1909) 

The first African American elected official in Henderson County was Thelma Johnson, she was elected to the Henderson County Board of Education in 1978 and served until 1986. She also served as chair of the Henderson Human Rights Commission. Johnson was born in Georgia, the daughter of Mary and Harry Banks, and she came to Henderson, KY, in 1946.


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“Johnson, Thelma Banks,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed January 26, 2021,

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