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

Berry, Elder A.

Elder A. Berry opened the first theological school for African Americans in the Olivet Baptist Church in Louisville, KY in 1874. The school lasted only five months, but it led the way for other theological schools for African Americans.

The church was named Centennial Olivet in 1880 with Rev. G. W. Ward as pastor. The list of pastors is given in the history of the Centennial Olivet Baptist Church.

For more see A History of Blacks in Kentucky from Slavery to Segregation, 1760-1891, by M. B. Lucas; and p. 84 in Caron's Directory of the City of Louisville, for 1880.

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NKAA Source: A History of Blacks in Kentucky: from slavery to segregation, 1760-1891
NKAA Source: Caron's directory of the city of Louisville (annual)

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