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

Smith, Robert W.

(born: 1923  -  died: 1998) 

Born in Indiana, Robert W. Smith became the first African American to own an automobile dealership in Louisville, KY. In 1971 Smith purchased the Universal Chevrolet dealership and became president of the Bob Smith Chevrolet Company, Inc. For more see The Encyclopedia of Louisville, ed. by J. E. Kleber; and Profiles of Contemporary Black Achievers of Kentucky, by J. B. Horton.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Encyclopedia of Louisville
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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“Smith, Robert W.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed September 28, 2020,

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