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

Smith, Walton Norwood

(born: July 15, 1924  -  died: July 17, 2003) 

Walton N. Smith, born in Hopkinsville, KY, was the first African American appointed to the executive board of the Hopkinsville Chamber of Commerce and also the first to chair the Area Development District in Kentucky. The Hopkinsville Housing Authority named the Walton Smith Park in his honor in 1982. Smith was a WWII veteran and he had served as minister of Campbell Street Church of Christ in Hopkinsville. He was the owner/operator of Smith Masonry, and taught brick masonry at Hopkinsville Community College. Walton N. Smith was the son of Rubye L. Merriwether and Robert A. Smith. For more see Profiles of Contemporary Black Achievers of Kentucky, by J. B. Horton; and Walton Norwood Smith at Find A Grave.

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NKAA Source: Profiles of contemporary black achievers of Kentucky: a brief account of individual Black achievers of Kentucky whose qualities and attainments against the odds of circumstance distinguish them from the unexceptional

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