From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)
The Legal Lynching of Ray RossChavez.pdf

Ross, Ray

(born: 1897  -  died: 1925) "April 3, 1924, at the age of 27, it was alleged that Ray Ross had raped 9-year-old Nellie (Willie) Mae Young in Lexington. His trial took place October 16th, 1924 and seemed to have been concluded within the same day, with the jury deciding on the death penalty for Ray." ~ Killian Chavez-Lavelle

*See attached paper by Killian Chavez-Lavelle.


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The paper by University of Kentucky student Killian Chavez-Lavelle is used with his permission. Fall 2017. Class: GEO406 taught by Dr. Lynn Roche Phillips.

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“Ross, Ray,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 13, 2024,

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