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

Presbyterian Community Center Records

Founded in 1898 by seminarians as Hope Mission Station (a summer Sunday school for African American children), the Presbyterian Community Center evolved into a settlement house for the Smoketown neighborhood of Louisville, KY and was joined by Grace Mission.

The collection pertaining to the mission includes a biographical sketch of the Rev. John Little (1874-1948), founder and director of the center for 50 years, as well as documentation of the center's activities and its role as an outpost in the federal government's war on poverty.

The records are available at the University of Louisville Libraries' Archives and Special Collections.

See also "Presbyterian Community Center" at ExploreKYHistory; "Founding a Colored Mission: The Appeal" broadside at the Duke University Libraries Repository; and the Presbyterian Community Center Historical Marker.

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Presbyterian Community Center Records,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed April 15, 2024,

Last modified: 2022-06-15 15:58:32