Shelbyville's first African-American city council member needs to have a greater historical representation.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 3:00 am (Updated: February 29, 3:07 am)
Were you as amazed as we were to read the story of Thomas Samuel “T.S.” Baxter, the first African-American elected to Shelbyville City Council, where he served for almost two decades before being gerrymandered out of his seat because of his race?
We discovered Mr. Baxter as a small photograph in Portrait of the Past, Shelby County Kentucky 1865-1980. In fact, the caption beneath his photograph was the only clue we had to the story of T.S. Baxter.
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