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

Mathis, Howitt C., Sr.

(born: 1912  -  died: 1986) 

Born in Greenville, KY, Mathis was the first African American president of the Kentucky Vocational Association (KVA). Mathis had been an elementary teacher and principal; a high school teacher, coach, and principal; and a college basketball coach. He was also director of the West Kentucky Vocational Technical School in Paducah [now West Kentucky Community and Technical College] beginning in 1957. H. C. Mathis Drive in Paducah was named in his honor. Mathis was a graduate of Tennessee A & I University [now Tennessee State University]. He was a cousin of Cornelius Martin. For more see Profiles of Contemporary Black Achievers of Kentucky, by J. B. Horton.


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NKAA Entry: Martin, Cornelius
NKAA Source: Profiles of contemporary black achievers of Kentucky: a brief account of individual Black achievers of Kentucky whose qualities and attainments against the odds of circumstance distinguish them from the unexceptional

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“Mathis, Howitt C., Sr.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed October 28, 2020,

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