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Laine, Henry Allen

(born: 1869  -  died: 1955) 

Henry A. Laine was born near College Hill in Madison County, KY. He wrote many poems using Negro dialect. Laine was one of three poets invited to appear before the 1923 Kentucky Negro Educational Association (KNEA) body; he read Fine Greetings to Colored Educators [full-text]. [The other two invited poets were Joseph C. Cotter, Sr. and Joseph C. Cotter, Jr.] Laine is also the author of Foot Prints (1914) [full-text]. He founded the Madison Colored Teachers Institute and was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2003. He was the father of Beatrice "Tommie" Holland. For more see Black American Writers Past and Present. A biographical and bibliographical dictionary, by T. G. Rush, et al. The Henry Allen Laine Papers, 1874-1988, are at Eastern Kentucky University, Special Collections and Archives.


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NKAA Entry: Kentucky Negro Educational Association (KNEA)
NKAA Entry: Cotter, Joseph S., Sr.
NKAA Entry: Cotter, Joseph S., Jr.
NKAA Entry: Holland, Tommie Beatrice Laine
NKAA Source: Black American writers past and present: a biographical and bibliographical dictionary

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