LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - John Gray Lucas's life represented the huge changes that took place in race relations in Arkansas and the rest of the south at the end of the 19th century.
According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, John Lucas was born on March 11, 1864, in Marshall, Texas. Lucas moved to Pine Bluff , where he attended public schools. He entered the Branch Normal College of Arkansas Industrial University (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), but a few months before graduation, he entered the merchandizing business, and it was two additional years before he earned his degree.
In October 1884, he entered the Boston University School of Law and was graduated in 1887, the only African American in a class of fifty-two students and one of seven students graduating with honors.