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

Rufus Ballard Atwood Oral History Project

The following information comes from the description in the SPOKE Database. "Rufus Ballard Atwood (1897--1983) became president of the Kentucky Industrial College for Negroes, now known as Kentucky State University, in 1929. For many years, it was the only state college open to blacks in Kentucky. Atwood expanded and strengthened the academic and athletic programs and greatly increased enrollment during his tenure; he retired in 1962. Atwood and his friends, relatives, and associates discuss his life and career."

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Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Rufus Ballard Atwood Oral History Project,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 26, 2022,

Last modified: 2019-08-26 21:07:47