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Samuels, Evelyn Marie

(born: 1927  -  died: 2011) Evelyn M. Samuels was a librarian in the Clark County, KY, school system for 41 years. She started her career in the Oliver Colored School, and was a librarian at two other elementary schools and a high school. She was a 1948 graduate of Kentucky State College [now Kentucky State University], and a 1962 library science graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Samuels was founder of the First Baptist Church Library in Winchester. She was born in Winchester, KY, the daughter of Thomas Dewey Samuels (1899-1978) and Ethel McBain Samuels (1906-1984) who was from Bourbon County. Her brother, Oliver R. Samuels, was born in 1925 and died in 1939 from tuberculosis [source: Kentucky Death Certificate #24419]. For more see B. Flynn, "Longtime librarian left her mark on generations schoolchildren." Winchester Sun, 07/21/2011; The Black Librarians in the Southeast by A. L. Phinazee; Who's Who in Library Service by L. Ash; and "Evelyn M. Samuels" in the obituaries of the Winchester Sun, 07/21/2011.


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NKAA Entry: African American Schools in Clark County, KY
NKAA Source: The Winchester news (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Black librarian in the Southeast : reminiscences, activities, challenges : papers presented for a colloquium
NKAA Source: Who's who in library service; a biographical directory of professional librarians in the United States and Canada

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