Thompson, Jr., Eddie James(born: 1935 - died: 2016)
Eddie James Thompson, Jr. was a professional boxer, a carpenter, and a political activist in northern Kentucky. It is believed that he was the first African American to run for Mayor of Covington, KY, though unsuccessful in his 1979 bid. However, he had been sucessful in 1963 when he became the first African American admitted to the Carpenters Union in Cincinnati, OH. He was also founder and owner of his construction company, American Urban Contractors. He was president of the Model Cities Advisory Board in Northern Kentucky in 1972, and the executive director of the Housing and Urban Development Corporation in Northern Kentucky in 1977. Eddie James Thompson, Jr. had also been a professional boxer. He fought out of New York and had a record of 17 wins with 6 KOs, 9 losses with 3 KOs, 2 draws. He fought in the welterweight division and had his debut win in Boston, MA in 1956 against Eddie Connors. His last fight was a loss to George Benton in 1962 in Philadelphia, PA. Most of his fights were in the United States, except a 1960 win in Lombardia [or Lombardy], Italy against Italo Scortichini, and a 1959 loss to Baby Colon in Havana, Cuba. Eddie James Thompson, Jr. was a graduate of Lincoln Grant High School in Covington where he played several sports. He attended Kentucky State College (now Kentucky State University) before leaving for his boxing career in New York. He had been Covington's African American boxing champion, having fought at St. Joseph Catholic Church Gym where he was a Golden Gloves Champion in 1956. Eddie James Thompson, Jr. was born in Forrest City, AR. When he was three years old, his parents Rev. Eddie Sr. and Mallie Edmonson Thompson, moved the family to Covington, KY. In 1940, the family lived in the rear of 341 W. 9th Street and Eddie J. Thompson, Sr. was a laborer [source: p.391 in William's Covington (Kenton Co., Ky) City Directory 1940-41]. For more information see Eddie James Thompson, Jr. in the obituary section of the Mount Vernon News, 10/13/2016 [available online]; the Eddie Thompson entry in BoxRec.com; and the middle column of the "Boxing" entry on p.107 in The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky.