Lexington's First Black Councilman Dies

Nov 28, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington’s first African-American city councilman has died. Harry Sykes, who was elected in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement in 1963, came to Lexington in 1954. That’s after he completed two seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Sykes was honored at a ceremony in October, but could not attend due to poor health. Mayor Jim Gray applauded Sykes’ contribution to the city.

"In the 58 years that Harry Sykes has lived in Lexington, he has done so much... to fill his history book and our history book," Gray said.

Sykes also founded the Lexington Chapter of the National Urban League. Funeral arrangements are pending. Sykes was 85.

Credit Kentucky Commission on Human Rights