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Integration at Gainesville Elementary (Hopkinsville, KY)

When 27-year-old Ronald I. Johnson became principal of the African American Gainesville Elementary School in 1965, it was thought to be the first integration of school administrative personnel in Hopkinsville, KY. Johnson had been a basketball coach for five years prior to becoming principal.

For more see "White basketball coach heads Ky. Negro school," Jet, vol. 28, issue 15 (7/22/1965), p. 55. See also entries for African American Schools in the NKAA Database.

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“Integration at Gainesville Elementary (Hopkinsville, KY),” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 22, 2024,

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