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Wright, Lillian Mathiele Taylor

(born: June 1, 1918  -  died: October 31, 2011) 

Lillian M. Taylor Wright was one of the first four African American students to take library classes (at home) from the University of Kentucky Extension Program, in 1952, completing her library degree at Atlanta University [now Clark-Atlanta University]. Her thesis, Thomas Fountain Blue: pioneer librarian, 1866-1935, was one of the very few studies of African American librarians in the U.S. Wright was a librarian at Kentucky State University.

Lillian Taylor Wright was the great-granddaughter of Shandy Jones. She was born in Tuscaloosa, AL, the daughter of Frank and Gesna Taylor. She died in Frankfort, KY, and is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery. Lillian Taylor Wright was the wife of Arnold Wood Wright who was head of the Department of Sociology and Economics at Kentucky State University. 

For more see Who's Who in Library Service. A biographical directory of professional librarians in the United States and Canada, 4th ed., edited by L. Ash; "Two Alabama families of prominence to be united by marriage," The Pittsburgh Courier, 08/12/1939, p.8.

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