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Simpson, James, Jr.

(born: July 24, 1928  -  died: February 18, 1999) 

James Simpson, Jr. was the first African American elected to the Covington, KY, City Commission in 1971. He was the father of Arnold R. Simpson. He was born in Somerset, KY, and was an active community member in Covington. He was owner of Simpson & Jones Funeral Home. The street, James Simpson Jr. Way, in Covington, KY, was named in his honor. James Simpson was the son of Zettie West and James Simpson, Sr. For more see J. Reis, "Winning the Right to Vote," Kentucky Post, 01/15/01, Editorialextra section, p. 4K; and "36 city officials include mayor, police court judge," in Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials [1972], by the Commission on Human Rights, p. 11. 

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