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

Tandy, Opal Less

(born: March 25, 1917  -  died: June 13, 1983) 

Born in Hopkinsville, KY, Opal L. Tandy later moved to Indiana. He was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1956. A journalist for the Indianapolis Recorder and Hoosier Herald, he later purchased and changed the name of the Hoosier Herald to the Indiana Herald.

Tandy was also a World War II veteran who served as deputy coroner of Marion County, IN for 22 years. He was the son of Roxie and Elzie Tandy and the husband of Mary Bryant Tandy. The Opal L. Tandy Collection is housed at the Indiana Historical Society.

For more see African-American History Materials at the Indiana Historical Society, and Who's Who Among Black Americans, 2nd & 3rd ed.

Kentucky County & Region

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Read about Hopkinsville, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

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NKAA Source: The Indianapolis recorder (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Hoosier herald (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Indiana herald (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Who's who among Black Americans

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