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African American Schools in Martin County, KY

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There is no record of a colored school in Martin County, KY, though there were African American children of school age in the county [sources: Kentucky Public School Directory, Kentucky School Directory, Annual Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Kentucky, and Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Kentucky]. In 1880, there were about 18 children of school age, including the four children of William and Mahala Davidson. None of the children are listed in the U.S. Federal Census as being in school, and the older boys are listed as working on the farm. There continued to be a few African American children of school age in Martin County; it is not known if the children attended school in a neighboring county. In the 1940 U.S. Census, the Simpkins family had lived in Martin County in 1935 but had since moved to Grant, WV, where their children were enrolled in school. There is no listing of Martin County schools being integrated before 1965 in the Kentucky Public School Directory or the Kentucky School Directory.

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NKAA Source: Kentucky public school directory (serial)
NKAA Source: The Kentucky school directory (serial)
NKAA Source: Annual report of the superintendent of public instruction of Kentucky for the school year ending ... (annual)
NKAA Source: Biennial report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Kentucky with accompanying documents for the two years beginning July 1 ... and ending June 30 ... (periodical)

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“African American Schools in Martin County, KY,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed November 18, 2017, http://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/2918.

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