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

Black, John L., Sr.

(born: 1931  -  died: 2004) 

John L. Black, Sr., born in Burgin, KY, was the son of Robert and Bertha Black; Bertha died in 1934 after becoming ill with sickle cell anemia and tuberculosis. John Black was a retired stationary engineer for the Cincinnati Public Schools and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local #20. In 1991, he became the first African American president of an IUOE Local #20.

For more see "John Lincoln Black" in vol. 1 of African American National Biography, edited by H. L. Gates, Jr. and E. B. Higginbotham; and The Cincinnati Post, obituaries, 6/24/2004, News section, p. A14.

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NKAA Source: The African American national biography
NKAA Source: Cincinnati post (newspaper)

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“Black, John L., Sr.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 25, 2023,

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