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Mack, Essie Dortch

(born: 1883  -  died: 1940) 

Essie D. Mack assisted with the organization of the first African American kindergarten at Phillis Wheatley Colored School in Louisville, KY. She was president of the Kentucky Colored Parent-Teacher Association for nine years and president of the National Congress of Colored Parent-Teachers Associations for two terms. Essie D. Mack was the wife of Oliver P. Mack (1881-1941). She was the daughter of John and Emma Talbert Mack [source: Kentucky Death Certificate file no.19240]. Her funeral was handled by A. D. Porter and Sons, and she was buried in the Louisville Cemetery. For more see The Encyclopedia of Louisville, ed. by J. E. Kleber; and "KY. woman heads P.-T.A. Congress," Baltimore Afro-American, 08/07/1937, p.12. 

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NKAA Entry: Porter, Arthur D., Sr.
NKAA Entry: Louisville (KY) Cemetery
NKAA Source: Encyclopedia of Louisville
NKAA Source: The Afro-American (newspaper)

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