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Quisenberry, Rosetta Lucas

(born: October 18, 1951  -  died: February 23, 2020) 

Rosetta Lucas Quisenberry, born in Lexington, KY, was a school teacher for 14 years. She had collected over 1,000 postcards and other memorabilia with depictions of racist acts toward African Americans, many of which are featured in Quisenberry's 4-part series, A Saga of the Black Man, A Saga of the Black Woman, A Saga of the Black Child, and A Saga of the Black Family. From September 2007 - May 2008, items from Quisenberry's extensive collection were included in the exhibit in the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Arkansas. In 2009, Quisenberry appeared on BET [Black Entertainment Television] to talk about her books. She also appeared on KET. Quisenberry was awarded the Lucy Harth Smith-Atwood S. Wilson Award by the Kentucky Education Association, which she received April 2010. Three years later, the 5th book of A Saga series was published, Things, People, and Places We Must Always Remember.

Rosetta L. Quisenberry was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky. She was the daughter of Percy and Sallie E. Bailey Lucas, and the wife of William T. Quisenberry. 

For more see the Rosetta Quisenberry interview on the second half of the video Juneteenth [#217] "Connections with Renee Shaw," 07/07/2007, at KET (Kentucky Educational Television); M. Davis, "Clinton Library checks out collection, likes what it sees," Lexington Herald-Leader, 06/28/2007, Free Time section, p. E2; and M. Davis, "BET to highlight Lexington author - Quisenberry self-published four books on the Black experience in U.S.," Lexington Herald-Leader, 02/05/2009, City Region section, p. D1.

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NKAA Source: A Saga of the black man, [part 1]
NKAA Source: A Saga of the black woman, part 2
NKAA Source: A Saga of the black child, part 3
NKAA Source: A Saga of the black family, part 4
NKAA Entry: Smith, Lucy Harth
NKAA Entry: Wilson, Atwood S.
NKAA Source: Things, people, and places we must always remember
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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