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

Price, Julius Elliott, Sr.

(born: 1938  -  died: 1983) 

In 1955, Julius E. Price, Sr. was the first African American from Kentucky to be appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by a Kentucky Congressman. Price, from Louisville, KY, had just graduated from high school when he received the appointment from Senator Earle C. Clements. Price attended West Point for one year, then married and transferred to Wabash College. Price was the second African American student at Wabash and second to graduate.

After graduating, Price returned to Louisville where he became president of Mammoth Life Insurance Company; his grandfather had been a founding member of the company.

For more see "Kentucky Boy, 17, appointed to West Point," Jet, 6/02/1955, p. 4 [available at Google Books]; and R. Wedgeworth, "Contradictions in American life: the inaugural John W. Evans Lecture," at Wabash College, 10/01/2008 [available online].

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