Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Zephaniah Alexander Looby, 1899-1972

Marker ID: THC 3A 133
Location: Metro Center Boulevard, Z Alexander Looby Library & Community Center, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


z. Alexander Looby, attorney, statewide civil rights leader, and a founder of the Kent College of Law, Nashville's first law school for Blacks since the 1890s, is credited with desegregating the city's airport dining room and public golf courses. In 1951, he and Robert E. Lillard were the first Blacks elected to the city council since 1911. A member of the Metro Charter Commission, Looby retired in 1971 after having served under both forms of government.