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There are more notable African Americans with Kentucky roots and ties than any one person knows about. Very little has been written about many of them, and it is a challenge to find what was written in the past. For some, their stories have only been told by word of mouth. The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (NKAA) has been developed as a finding aid to bring together brief descriptions of pertinent names, places, and events, and to list the sources where additional information may be found. This is not currently an all-inclusive database, but we are working toward that goal, so suggestions are welcomed.
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Did You Know?...
Planning by the Lexington Public Library for a colored branch library started in 1947. The property at 572 Georgetown Street was leased from Letitia Hobbs. A naming contest was held at the Booker T. Washington School, organized by the principal, Lucy H. Smith. Student Helen Henderson won the contest with the name Laura Carroll for the new colored branch library. Laura Carroll had died in 1939, she had been a primary school teacher at Chandler Normal School for Colored Children. Her personal library had been donated to the Booker T. Washington School. The Laura Carroll Library opened in June of 1949. For more see the full NKAA entry.
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