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Greene, Horace Henry

(born: 1907  -  died: 1986) 

In 1961, Reverend Horace Henry Greene became the first African American to be elected president of the Louisville Ministerial Association. Green was the pastor of the R. E. Jones Temple Methodist Church in Louisville, KY.

In 1966, Rev. Greene became the second African American named to the Lexington Board of Education, filling the seat of the recently deceased Carl Lynem, the first African American named to the Board. Rev. Greene was also the first African American to run for a Lexington City Commissioner's seat.

Green had served as District Superintendent of the Lexington Conference, 1948-52, and was director of the Wesley Club at Kentucky State College [now Kentucky State University] beginning in 1960.

Green was a graduate of Gammon Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.

For more see "Louisville Ministers Name First Negro President," Jet, vol. 20, issue 4 (5/18/1961), p. 45; "Horace Henry Greene" in Biographical Directory of Negro Ministers, by E. L. Williams; "Local minister named to city board," Lexington Herald, 4/21/1966, p. 1 [photo included with article]; J. Hewlett, "Minister, civic leader H. H. Greene dies," Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/23/1986, p. B1; and "Horace Henry Greene" by D. Puckett on pp. 574-575 in The New History of Shelby County Kentucky.

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NKAA Entry: Lynem, Carl Irving
NKAA Entry: Lexington Conference (Methodist Episcopal Church)
NKAA Source: Jet (periodical)
NKAA Source: Biographical directory of Negro ministers
NKAA Source: The Lexington herald (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The New history of Shelby County, Kentucky

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