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Richardson, Henry Reedie

(born: 1922  -  died: 2008) 

Henry R. Richardson was the first African American teacher at Campbellsville High School and Campbellsville University, both located in Campbellsville, KY, Richardson's home town. He was the son of Reedie R. and Fisher Richardson, and the husband of Beulah Rice Richardson. A science graduate of Kentucky State University, he earned his Master of Science degree in animal husbandry from Michigan State University

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Richardson enlisted December 18, 1942 in Louisville, according to his Army Enlistment Record. He was a staff sergeant and platoon leader with the 364th Quartermaster Truck Company. 

Richardson was a biology teacher in the Campbellsville School System for 32 years, 11 of those years at a segregated school. He was also a community leader, serving as one of the first board members of the Taylor Regional Hospital and on the Campbellsville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. In recognition of his community service, Richardson was awarded the Campbellsville Citizen of the Year Award, the Campbellsville-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Award, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. He was appointed to the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents by Governor John Y. Brown.

For more see the Henry Reedie Richardson entry in the "Obituaries & Memorials," Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/27/2008, p. B4.

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NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Campbellsville

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