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

Harriford, Robert L., Sr.

(born: June 28, 1927  -  died: July 1, 2009) 

Robert L. Harriford, Sr. was born in Nobob, KY, the son of Willie and Grace Harriford. In 1930, the family lived on Upper Glasglow and Thompkinsville Road in Union (Monroe County) KY.

In 1969, Harriford became the first African American appointed to the Paducah (KY) City School Board, holding the post for 13 years. He was also the first African American to serve on the executive board of the Kentucky School Board Association.

Harriford was president of Harriford Reproductions, located in Paducah, for 15 years.

For more see Kentucky Black Elected Officials Directory [1970], p. 6, col. B, published by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights; Profiles of Contemporary Black Achievers of Kentucky, by J. B. Horton; B. Bartleman, "Harriford eulogized for work with youth," The Paducah Sun, 7/7/2009, State & Regional section; and the obituary posted at the Pettus-Rowland Funeral home website.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Kentucky Black elected officials directory (periodical)
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
NKAA Source: The Paducah sun (newspaper)

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