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Jones, William A., Sr.

(born: 1907  -  died: 1968) 

William A. Jones, Sr. was a minister who helped lead the Civil Rights Movement in Lexington, KY, via the Lexington Chapter of Congress of Racial Equity (CORE), which was developed in Jones' Pleasant Green Baptist Church - the oldest African American church west of the Allegheny Mountains. Jones' strategy - voting en bloc - helped to confirm the victory of Harry N. Sykes as Lexington's first African American City Councilman in 1963 and Mayor pro tem in 1967. Jones was thought to be the first African American to be buried in the Lexington Cemetery [the first was actually Charles Skillman]. For more see 2001 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame - Inductees from Lexington; and The one hundred seventy-fifth anniversary celebration of Pleasant Green Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky, Sunday, October 24 thru Sunday, November 28, 1965 ... William Augustus Jones, Sr., pastor.

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NKAA Entry: Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church (Lexington, KY)
NKAA Entry: Sykes, Harry N.
NKAA Entry: Skillman, Charles
NKAA Source: The one hundred seventy-fifth anniversary celebration of Pleasant Green Baptist Church Lexington, Kentucky…

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