The Maysville Commission on Human Rights has made its final selection of those figures who will be included on a mural planned as a tribute to African Americans and their contributions to the community.
A retaining wall on Fourth Street at the end of Plum Street in Maysville will be the site for the mural. Kelcie Johnson has been selected as the artist for the project.
Included among those whose likeness will be added to the wall are:
Professor William Houston Humphrey — Educator and the first principal of John G. Fee Industrial High School.
Ida M. Ross — Educator and the driving force behind the building of a one-room school house for African-American children in Minerva in 1925.
Florence K. Morton Norman — Civic leader and president of the National Council of Negro Women.
Theodore M. Berry Sr.— Civic and political leader and Cincinnati’s first African American mayor in 1972.
Amo Peters — Civic leader, civil rights activist, healthcare leader, first black nurse at Hayswood Hospital.
Ethel Foley — Educator, civic leader:, served on the Board of Regents of Morehead State University for a four-year term beginning in 1980.
William “Doc” Perry — Sign painter/graphic artist, business owner.
Frances Perry Hall— Social services leader, named to two statewide task forces: one on homemaker policy and the other on policy for the protection of children.
Charlton Fields — Educator. In 1940, he was listed in a group of African-American teachers in Mason County at Notable Kentucky African American Database.
John Fields — Educator, teacher and coach at Fee High School, boys basketball team was state runner-up in 1952.
E.M. Clement — Educator: Coach of Fee High School girls basketball team state champions in 1933 and 1934.
Arthur Tipton — Civic leader, served on the Maysville Housing Commission until appointed to the City of Maysville Board of Commissioners in 1967.
Joseph W. “Sapp” Humphrey — Business owner, owned Joe’s Barbershop on 4th Street for over 30 years.
Dave Ross — Business owner and proprietor of only African American funeral home in Maysville.
Jerry Gore — Educator, historian, he was also a founding member of the National Underground Railroad Museum, Inc. and founder of the Freedom Time Company and the Kentucky Underground Railroad Association.
George Jones – Carpenter and painter
Cathy Lofton – Teacher and volunteer
Pat Moore – Civic leader, regional hall of fame basketball player from his years at Maysville High School who shared his knowledge of the game to the benefit of young people through the organization of summer basketball leagues.
Dr. Robert French – First African-American dentist in Maysville.
Gwendolyn French – Teacher at Rosenwald School and Director of Food Services at Mason County Schools
Ron Rice – Veteran, police officer, first African-American police chief in Maysville.
Lyda Lewis — Entertainer, first African American homecoming queen at Morehead State University, or any Kentucky college, first African-American Miss Kentucky (1973), third African American to compete in Miss America Pageant.
The Brickhouse Band – Musicians, entertainers, performed from the late 1970s into the early 1980s comprised of the Lewis family.
The commission is also seeking vintage photos of black-owned businesses, schools, and other iconic places. Those can be posted on the commission’s Facebook page or emailed to City Clerk Lisa Dunbar at email@example.com.
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