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

Lawrence, Jesse H.

(born: May 22, 1901  -  died: January 30, 1966) 

Jesse H. Lawrence was born in Anchorage, KY, the son of Reverend and Mrs. E. D. Lawrence. A graduate of Central High School, he earned his A.B. at Howard University and his M.S. at Indiana University. In 1926, he married Julia Lessie Brown.
He was the owner of Fannie L. Hobbs Funeral Home.

Lawrence, a Republican, was the third African American in the Kentucky General Assembly, elected Representative of the 42nd District (Louisville) in 1950. He was also the alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention from Kentucky in 1960.

One of Lawrence's many accomplishments was the introduction of an amendment to the Day Law to allow white and African American students to attend public and private higher education schools in Kentucky together, providing that a comparable accredited course was not available to African American students at Kentucky State University. For more contact the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission.

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