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Parrish, Charles H., Sr.

(born: 1859  -  died: 1931) 

Charles H. Parrish, Sr. was born into slavery in Lexington, KY, to Hiram, a teamster, and Henrietta Parrish, a seamstress. Charles Parrish became pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Louisville, KY; president of Eckstein Norton College; and later president of Simmons University (KY). He founded the Kentucky Home Society for Colored Children. In 1905, he attended the World Baptist Alliance in London, England, and in 1912 was named a fellow in the British Royal Historical Society as a result of his research in Palestine. For more see Kentucky Encyclopedia 2000 [electronic version available on the University of Kentucky campus and off-campus via the proxy server]; Black Higher Education in Kentucky, 1879-1930, by L. H. Williams; and "Reverend Charles Henry Parrish" in Who's Who Among the Colored Baptists of the United States, by S. W. Bacote.


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NKAA Entry: Simmons College (Louisville, KY)
NKAA Entry: Kentucky Home Society for Colored Children (Louisville, KY)
NKAA Source: Black higher education in Kentucky, 1879-1930: the history of Simmons University
NKAA Source: Who's who among the colored Baptists of the United States

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