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

Grear, William A. "Bill"

(born: 1923  -  died: 2006) 

William A. Grear was born in Russellville, KY, the son of Oretha Williams Grear and Charles C. Grear. He was the first African American-elected official in Florida. In 1968 Grear was elected city commissioner of the City of Belle Glade. He was elected vice mayor in 1974 and mayor in 1975. Grear was also owner of B and E Rubber Stamps and Trophies. He was a barber and a director of a child development center. He was the husband of Effie Carter Grear, a school teacher and principal of Glade's Central High School. For more see Who's Who Among African Americans, 1975-2006 ; M. Malek, "Bill Grear, Belle Glade's first Black commissioner, dies at 82," The Palm Beach Post, 08/18/2006, Local section, p.2B; and African American Sites in Florida by K. M. McCarthy.

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NKAA Source: Who's who among African Americans
NKAA Source: The Palm Beach post (newspaper)
NKAA Source: African American sites in Florida

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