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

Stone, Kara L.

(born: 1929  -  died: 1995) 

Kara Stone was born in Richmond, KY, the daughter of J. Lynn Stone. She was a graduate of Richmond High School and Knoxville College. After teaching for a couple of years, she joined the WACs and spent three years in France. Stone returned to the U.S. and in 1960 graduated from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). After completing her master's degree, Stone taught at the Louisville School for the Blind; she taught in the Paris, KY, School System; and she was a history professor at EKU. While at EKU, Kara worked for Central University College (CUC) from 1967-1969. CUC was a unit inside EKU that handled only freshen and sophomore general education. In 1969, Kara Stone was hired as a faculty member at EKU. She was the first African American female teacher at EKU. A. B. Dunston completed Kara Stone's oral history in 1993; the recording is part of the African American Community of Madison County Oral History Project at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries. It has been mistakenly written that Kara Stone was the first African American to graduate from Eastern Kentucky University, and that error has been corrected in this entry. Though, she may have been the first African American woman to complete an EKU graduate program. For more information about Kara Stone, contact EKU Special Collections and Archives; see Who's Who Among African Americans, 1980-2004; and M. Bailey, "Richmond teacher has made a lasting impression," Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/10/1984, Lifestyle section, p. D1.


*Updates and corrections were made to this entry with information provided by Eastern Kentucky University Special Collections and Archives [Library Associate, Sarah Adams], 02/12/2016.



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