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

Blakeley, Mary W.

Mary Wylie Blakeley owned a restaurant and was one of the early African American women business owners in Paducah, KY. The Wiley Family Papers, 1893-1982, are held in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Manuscripts Department. The collection contains mainly photographs with quite a few of Mary Wiley Blakeley; there is also a photo of her restaurant, dated 1900. For more see the Wylie Family Papers.

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“Blakeley, Mary W.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 28, 2024,

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