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

Columbia Colored Library (Adair County, KY)

In 1908, school teacher Parker Jackman and others establish a colored library in Columbia, KY. Jackman placed an ad in the Adair County News, (12/09/1908, p. 1, col. 5) to encourage the completion of the library:  "Professor Parker Jackman is anxious to complete the colored library which was started several months ago. He has collected a number of books and there are many other persons about town who have promised to contribute, but they have not as to yet done so." The article does not give the location of the library.

There is no record of the library in the Kentucky Library Commission reports. The other library in town was the Columbia Library, which was segregated between 1911 and 1956. A Miss Anderson was the teacher/librarian at the Columbia Colored School in 1935 [source: Library Service to African Americans in Kentucky, by R. F. Jones].

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Adair County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

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NKAA Entry: Jackman, Parker Hiram
NKAA Source: The Adair County news (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Library service to African Americans in Kentucky, from the Reconstruction Era to the 1960s

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