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

Blythe, Henry L.

(born: 1942) 

In 2012, Henry L. Blythe received the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Mayfield Human Rights Commission. He had served as chair of the commission and was described as a tireless champion of civil rights in Mayfield, KY. His recognition included 23 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, where he received the Humanitarian Service Medal for his performance during the Iranian hostage rescue attempt. In 1984, after his retirement from the military, Henry L. Blythe was employed in the U.S. Postal Service. In 1991, he became the postmaster of Dexter, KY, and was one of the two African American postmasters in western Kentucky. He was also one of the 10 African American postmasters in the state of Kentucky. He was postmaster in Boaz, KY, when he retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2007. Also in 2007, Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed him to a one year term to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Three years later, Henry L. Blythe was nominated for the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Henry L. Blythe was born in Graves County, KY. For more see the press release "Governor Fletcher Appoints Members to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights," 09/21/2007 at the website; and "Former Boaz Postmaster Named Outstanding Citizen," 02/27/2012, at West Kentucky

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Graves County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Calloway County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Mayfield, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Boaz, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Dexter, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Blythe, Henry L.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 14, 2020,

Last modified: 2017-09-14 21:24:58