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

Jackson, Eliza or Isabelle (Belle) Mitchell

(born: 1848  -  died: 1942) 

Mitchell was born in Perryville, KY and raised in Danville, KY. Her parents, Mary and Monroe Mitchell, purchased their freedom. Belle became an abolitionist and the first African American teacher at Camp Nelson, with John G. Fee. She became a prominent teacher in Fayette County and one of the founders of the African American Orphan Industrial Home. She was actively involved with the Colored women's club movement. She was married to Jordan Jackson. For more see Biographical Sketches of Prominent Negro Men and Women of Kentucky, by W. D. Johnson; African American Women: a biographical dictionary, by D. C. Salem; and Lexington's Colored Orphan Industrial Home by L. F. Byars.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Biographical sketches of prominent Negro men and women of Kentucky
NKAA Source: African American women : a biographical dictionary
NKAA Source: Lexington's colored orphan industrial home : building for the future

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“Jackson, Eliza or Isabelle (Belle) Mitchell,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed October 30, 2020,

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