From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Poston, Ephraim

(born: 1865  -  died: 1951) 

Ephraim Poston was born in Clarksville, TN, the son of Ephraim and Louisa Rivers Poston. In Kentucky, he was an educator, poet, author, and journalist.

Poston was a graduate of Roger Williams University in Nashville, TN. He taught school in Wickliffe, KY, and was a professor and Dean of Men at Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute [now Kentucky State University] for two years before leaving to become principal at Pembroke High School. 

Poston is the author of Manual on Parliamentary Proceedings (1905) and Pastoral Poems (1906). His series "Political Satires," was published in the Hopkinsville newspaper, Kentucky New Era, from 1908-1912. Poston managed his family newspaper, the Hopkinsville Contender, with his children.

Poston was the husband of Mollie Cox Poston and the father of Ted, Robert, and Ulysses Poston and several other children. After Mollie Poston's death, Ephraim later married Susie E. Forrest (1880-1966); the couple lived in Paducah, KY. He taught at West Kentucky Vocational School [now West Kentucky Community and Technical College], and she was a teacher at Lincoln Grade School, according to the 1939 Paducah Kentucky Directory.

For more see the Ephraim Poston entry in Who's Who of the Colored Race, by F. L. Mather [available full-text at Google Books]; and Dark Side of Hopkinsville,, by T. Poston.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Poston, Mollie Cox
NKAA Entry: Poston, Theodore R. A. M.
NKAA Entry: Poston, Ulysses and Robert
NKAA Source: Manual on parliamentary proceedings
NKAA Source: Pastoral poems
NKAA Source: Political satires (series)
NKAA Source: Kentucky new era (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Hopkinsville contender (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Paducah (McCracken County, Ky.) directory (serial)
NKAA Source: Dark side of Hopkinsville : stories

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  African American Schools in Paducah and McCracken County, KY
NKAA Entry:  African American Schools in Christian County, KY

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“Poston, Ephraim,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed January 28, 2023,

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