AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[TX] Honors McLennan AfriAm Pioneers
McLennan County honors African-American pioneers
April 17, 2005
Jessie Kelly was McLennan County's first African-American constable, and Walter Napier was McLennan County's first Black sheriff's deputy.
"We've come by leaps and bounds,” says McLennan County Justice of the Peace Jean Laster. “When I grew up, we didn't have any elected officials. The first mayor, Oscar Dejue, was appointed by the city council, and that was a great day of pride."
County commissioners voted to change the building's name last summer.