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Kentucky Negro Bar Association, 1909

(start date: 1909) 

The Negro Bar Association of Kentucky was founded in August 1909 when several African American attorneys came together at the YMCA in Louisville, KY, and elected Albert S. White from Louisville president, J. W. Schooler of Lexington vice president, W. H. Wright of Louisville secretary, H. P. Alexander from either Winchester or Louisville assistant secretary, and J. W. Head of Hopkinsville treasurer.

The Association had the endorsement of J. G. Jones of Chicago, President of the National Negro Bar Association, and Booker T. Washington. The National Negro Bar Association had been established in 1908, and in October 1909, Albert S. White was named president of the association. One of the goals of the national organization was to have branches in every state, and the Kentucky Negro Bar Association was one of the first branches.

For more information about other nominations see "Colored Attorney's Association," Lexington Leader, 8/19/1909, p. 2; "Kentucky to Have Colored Bar Association" on p. 116 in Law Notes [available online at Google Books]; and "National Negro Bar Association," Baltimore Afro-American, 10/23/1909, p. 3.

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NKAA Entry: White, Albert S., Sr. and Sally J. Seals
NKAA Entry: Schooler, James W.
NKAA Source: Lexington leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Afro-American (newspaper)

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