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O'Neal, Arnetta Black

(born: 1910  -  died: 1984) Arnetta B. O'Neal was the first African American administrator at the Fayette County Central Office of Education. She became the coordinator of elementary language arts in 1965 and retired in 1975.

O'Neal began her teaching career in Richmond, KY, and in 1937 taught at the segregated Douglass Elementary School in Lexington. She would become one of the first African American teachers at a previously all white elementary school.

In the community, she was a girl scout leader and chair of the board of Bob W. Brown Housing for the Handicapped. She was also chair of the Trinity Baptist Church Blind Buddies Program.

O'Neal was born in Madison County, KY, the daughter of John and Viola Black; the family of eight lived on East Main Street in Richmond in 1920, according to the U.S. Federal Census.

O'Neal was the wife of Damon S. O'Neal. She was a graduate of West Virginia State College [now West Virginia State University] and the University of Kentucky.

For more see J. Hewlett, "Educator, volunteer Arnetta O'Neal dies," Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/10/1984, Obituaries section, p. D10.

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