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Jett, Alta M. and Richard E. Jett

Alta Margaret Boatright Jett (1920-2004) was born in Lancaster, KY; her family later moved to Indiana. She held a number of jobs, including domestic servant, credit officer at Montgomery Wards, and janitor. She was also president of the Mary B. Talbert Club and Vice Precinct Committee person for the Democratic Party as well as a worker with the Girl Scouts, YMCA, and a mother's study group. Jett also wrote obituaries and spoke on African American history.

Jett was the daughter of Charles and Annie Farley Boatright and the wife of Richard Ezekiel Jett (1917-2006), a carpenter and musician from Booneville, KY. Richard was the son of James and Mattie Jett.

The Alta M. Jett Collection is housed at the Indiana Historical Society. For more see "Alta M. Jett in Guide to African-American History Materials in the Manuscript Collections at the Indiana Historical Society; "Obituaries," Palladium-Item, 5/23/2004, p. 3B; and Richard E. Jett in the Obituary section of the Palladium-Item, 7/23/2006, p. 3C.

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