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Langley, Shelton H. Jr.

(born: 1905  -  died: 2006) 

Shelton H. Langley, Jr. was born in Henderson, KY, and graduated from segregated Douglass High School in 1925. He was a musician who first learned to play the clarinet then later learned to play many other instruments. He supplemented his income playing in bands before deciding to attend college.

Langley graduated from Tennessee State College [now Tennessee State University] in 1931, then taught math and music at Douglass School for 33 years and at Henderson City High for six years. He attended the Kentucky Negro Educational Association Conference in 1935, one of 40 KNEA members from Henderson that year.

Langley was featured in the notable African Americans exhibit in Henderson in 2007. He has an oral history audio at the Henderson County Public Library's Genealogy and Local History Department.

For more see the Kentucky Negro Educational Journal, vol. 6, issue 1; J. Jenkins of The Gleaner, "Century of memories: educator, musician has seen much of Henderson's history," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 12/28/2005; C. Gehret, "Everyday People," an exhibit of African Americans in celebration of Black History Month, The Warbler: John James Audubon State Park Newsletter, vol.  14, issue 1, January-March 2007, pp. 1 & 7; and Shelton H. Langley in the obituaries of the Evansville Courier & Press, 9/15/2006, Metro section, p. B4.

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