From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

African American Schools in Allen County, KY

As early as 1874, there were five colored school districts in Allen County, KY, and two of them had schools that were in operation when the common school report was published in 1876 [source: Legislative Document No. 2: Report of the Auditor of Public Accounts of the State of Kentucky for the fiscal years ending Oct. 10, 1874, and October 10, 1875, pp. 173-172]. Forty years later, Jesse M. Hudson was a school teacher in Scottsville, KY, (according to the list on p. 30 of the Proceedings of the Kentucky Negro Educational Association, April 25-28, 1916). There were at least five colored school teachers in Allen County, KY, in 1919, when the County Illiteracy Agent, Elizabeth Baker, secured their pledge for a Moonlight School [source: Day By Day County Illiteracy Agent's Record Book, Allen County, KY]. The colored Moonlight School was held at the Zion School in Scottsville.

There was also a county colored school in Maynard, it was a Rosenwald School built next to the Caney Fork Baptist Church around 1922. The school was closed in 1933 when the Allen County colored schools were merged with the colored city school in Scottsville. A photo of the Maynard School and additional history is available at the Flickr site by Kenny Browning. The teachers mentioned at the Flickr site are Garnett Holder, Jessie Hudson, Clara Whitney, Sarah Hughes, and Nintha Shipley Ponds. Other Scottsville school teachers mentioned in the Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal are Miss Lottie M. Hughes, Miss Lucy V. Lee, and Mrs. Chlora B. Whitney (all in the April 18-21, 1923 issue).

The Negro teachers in Allen County listed in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census were Nintha Ponds, principal of the Maynard School, and Geannie P. Smith at the Scottsville School. The Scottsville Independent schools were the first to be listed as integrated in the Kentucky School Directory, 1962-63, p.100.

  • Colored Schools (5)
  • Zion School
  • Maynard School
  • Moonlight School
  • Scottsville School

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Allen County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Scottsville, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Maynard, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Report of the Auditor of Public Accounts of the State of Kentucky, for the fiscal years endings ... (serial)
NKAA Source: Proceedings of the Kentucky Negro educational association (periodical)
NKAA Source: Day by day county illiteracy agent's record book
NKAA Source: Kentucky Negro educational association journal (periodical)
NKAA Source: The Kentucky school directory (serial)

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  African American Schools - Moonlight Schools, Kentucky

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“African American Schools in Allen County, KY,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 30, 2021,

Last modified: 2017-11-21 22:13:58