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African American Schools and Teachers in Kentucky, 1929

(start date:  -  end date: ) In 1929, Harvey C. Russell, Sr. found that the higher education institutions in Kentucky were at a low state of teacher preparation for the state's colored high schools. The findings are included in Russell's thesis The Training of the Teachers in the Colored High Schools of Kentucky, for a Master of Arts in Education at the University of Cincinnati. In his thesis, Russell focused on public high schools, but noted that there were 61 colored high schools of all types in Kentucky: 36 city controlled, 23 county controlled, and 2 state controlled. There were 204 teachers. The number of colored high schools had more than doubled over a 10 year period and student enrollment had increased by 170 percent. There were 31 four year approved high schools within 28 counties and all but three had less than 100 students. The Rosenwald Fund had provided for 10 libraries. Among the public high schools, 56% of the teachers were college graduates and "the state has drawn heavily upon educational institutions in other states." [quote from Chapter VI, p.68, item 7.] Below are the names of the higher education institutions with graduates who were teachers at the colored high schools in Kentucky during the 1928-29 school term, as listed in Table XI, pp.46-46a, in The Training of the Teachers in the Colored High Schools in Kentucky by Harvey C. Russell, Sr.

Training institutions in Kentucky attended by colored teachers (26%):Training institutions in other states attended by colored teachers (74%):

  • Fisk University
  • Lane College
  • Knoxville College
  • Tennessee State College
  • Wilberforce University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Miami University
Washington, D.C.
  • Howard University
  • Indiana University
  • Terre Haute Teacher College
  • University of Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • Illinois State Normal
  • University of Illinois
  • Chicago Business College
  • Atlanta University
  • Clark University
  • Morris Brown University
  • Lincoln University
  • Cheney Normal
  • Hampton Institute
  • Tuskegee Institute
  • Langston University
  • Ypsilanti Normal
New York
  • Columbia University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Florida State College
  • Smith College
  • University of Nebraska
North Carolina
  • John C. Smith University


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Russell, Harvey C., Sr.
NKAA Entry: Atkinson Literary and Industrial College [H. V. Taylor]
NKAA Entry: Louisville Municipal College for Negroes
NKAA Entry: Lincoln Institute (Lincoln Ridge, KY)
NKAA Entry: Howard School / Normal Institute / Chandler Normal School / Webster Hall (Lexington, KY)
NKAA Source: Training of the teachers in the colored high schools of Kentucky (thesis)

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