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The Early Kinship: Kentucky Negro Public Education, Libraries, and Librarians
Kentucky Libraries (1997)
  • Reinette F. Jones, University of Kentucky

In the final decades of the nineteenth century libraries were a very miniscule part of the initial drive toward education for Kentucky's former slaves. Thirty-one years after public education became available, Thomas Fountain Blue began training Negro librarians at the Louisville Free Public Library Western Colored Branch. Another 30 years would pass before Negro librarians would be recognized by the Kentucky Negro Education Association in 1935. Unfortunately, by 1935 Blue's training program had ended and there were no institutions in Kentucky offering library training to Negroes.

  • Thomas Fountain Blue,
  • Negro librarians,
  • Librarian education
Publication Date
Summer 1997
Publisher Statement

Published in Kentucky Libraries, v. 61, no. 3, p.12-16.

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Citation Information
Reinette F. Jones. "The Early Kinship: Kentucky Negro Public Education, Libraries, and Librarians" Kentucky Libraries Vol. 61 Iss. 3 (1997)
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