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

Anderson, Dennis H.

(born: 1869  -  died: 1952) 

Dennis Henry Anderson was originally from Tennessee. A graduate of Lane College in Tennessee, he became a Methodist minister. His wife was Artelia Harris Anderson. Dennis Anderson came to Kentucky and opened schools in Graves and Fulton counties. He raised funds for the building of the first high school in Fulton County in 1905. Anderson also initiated the building of West Kentucky Industrial College [now West Kentucky Community and Technical College], starting the building with his bare hands in 1909. The school, located in Paducah, KY, became a state institution in 1918. For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan; Library Service to African Americans in Kentucky, by R. F. Jones; Fifty Years of Segregation: Black Higher Education in Kentucky, 1904-1954, by J. A. Hardin; My West Kentucky, by J. M. Blythe; and Dennis Henry Anderson, Founder of West Kentucky Technical College, a Jackson Purchase Historical Society website.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Dunnigan, Alice A.
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions
NKAA Source: Library service to African Americans in Kentucky, from the Reconstruction Era to the 1960s
NKAA Source: Fifty years of segregation : Black higher education in Kentucky, 1904-1954
NKAA Source: My West Kentucky : a history of West Kentucky Technical College, 1909-1999

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  African American Schools in Paducah and McCracken County, KY
NKAA Entry:  African American Schools in Fulton County, KY

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“Anderson, Dennis H.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed September 26, 2022,

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