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Russell, Green Pinckney

(born: 1863  -  died: 1936) 

Born in Logan County, KY, Russell was the first licensed African American teacher in Lexington, KY; Russell School is named for him. He was the first Supervisor of Negro Schools in Lexington, KY, 1896-1912. He was twice president of Kentucky State Industrial College for Colored Persons [now Kentucky State University]. Russell was the son of Green and Frances Russell, and the husband of Lila E. Willis Russell, from Tennessee. The family resided in Frankfort,KY. Russell was an 1885 graduate of Berea College, and a 1913 graduate of Wilberforce University. For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan; Who's Who of the Colored Race, 1915; and J. A. Hardin, "Green Pickney Russell of Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute for Colored Persons," Journal of Black Studies, vol. 25, issue 5 (May 1995), pp. 610-621. See also the Office of the President Records, a Kentucky Digital Library webpage. 


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NKAA Entry: Dunnigan, Alice A.
NKAA Entry: Hardin, John A.
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions
NKAA Source: Who's who of the colored race : a general biographical dictionary of men and women of African descent, v.1 (1915)
NKAA Source: Journal of black studies (periodical)

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