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

Washington, Isam

(born: 1832  -  died: 1903) 

Isam [or Isom or Isham] Washington was born in North Carolina and brought to Lovelaceville, KY, as a slave. He was a Civil War veteran who served with the 8th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery, Company "L" from Paducah, KY; he was honorably discharged in 1866. He returned to Ballard County, where he later acquired 55 acres of farmland to produce tobacco. Washington later lost his land, then in 1900 moved his family to Massac County, Illinois, where he died in 1903. He had also been a minister. Isam Washington was the father of Isam Mack Washington, the grandfather of Roy L. Washington, Sr., and the great-grandfather of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. For more see The Ancestry of Mayor Harold Washington (1922-1987) by C. G. Brasfield.

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NKAA Entry: Washington, Isam McDaniel "Mack"
NKAA Entry: Washington, Roy L., Sr.
NKAA Source: Ancestry of Mayor Harold Washington, 1922-1987

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“Washington, Isam,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 23, 2021,

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