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

African American Librarians, Kentucky

Kentucky was the first state in the South to have trained African American librarians and was also the first to have a library training program for African American librarians (1912-1931) [located at the Louisville Western Colored Branch Library]. The highest number of African American librarians (self-identified) employed in Kentucky was recorded in 1980, estimated at 161. The lowest estimate was 4, in the year 2000. For more see the Bureau of the Census 2000 EEO Data Files; 1980 EEO Data Files at the Kentucky State Data Center; and Library Service to African Americans in Kentucky, by R. F. Jones.

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NKAA Source: Library service to African Americans in Kentucky, from the Reconstruction Era to the 1960s

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“African American Librarians, Kentucky,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 20, 2024,

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