Combs, George Robert(born: 1881 - died: 1923) In 1920, Republican George R. Combs was thought to be the first African American councilman in Nicholasville, KY, when he was elected to represent the Herveytown Ward. However, Andrew McAfee had been elected a city councilman in 1898. Combs, a Kentucky native, managed a grocery store and was an undertaker in Nicholasville, according to his World War I draft registration card.
Combs was the husband of Lula M. Combs (b. 1883 in KY); they and their child lived on Hervey Street. Herveytown was an African American community on the east side of Main Street in Nicholasville, named after James Hervey, a banker, who had owned most of the land where the community was located.
George R. Combs died three years after becoming a councilman, March 1, 1923; he is buried in the Locust Grove Cemetery in Nicholasivlle, KY [source: Find A Grave]. For more see Herv[e]ytown Ward under heading "Politics" in The Crisis, vol. 19, issue 3, January 1920, p. 149 [online at Google Books].