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Martha L. Bell was a graduate of a four-year college and later worked as a school teacher at the segregated Western School in Owensboro, KY. She had been teaching vocational home economics since at least 1939. In 1940, she attended summer school at Columbia University in New York. After her military service, she returned to Owensboro and later moved to Louisville, KY, where she died in 1998. She is buried in the Lebanon National Cemetery.
Sources: WWII Army Enlistment Record (Ancestry); Kentucky Birth Index (Ancestry); "Assignment to teachers made," The Messenger, 8/20/1939, p. 13; "Owensboro Public School Statement," The Messenger, 10/26/1940, pp. 8-9 and 6/20/1942, pp. 7-8; "City teachers are reelected," The Messenger, 5/29/1940, p. 10; "Owensboro teachers to attend summer school," The Messenger, 6/9/1940, p. 2; U.S. Public Records Index (Ancestry); Kentucky Death Index (Ancestry); and U.S. Veterans Gravesites (Ancestry).
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“Bell, Martha L.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed September 23, 2023, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/300004338.
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