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Poston, Mollie Cox

(born: 1873  -  died: 1917) 

Poston was born in Oak Grove, KY, the daughter of Joseph and Hattie Peay Cox. She taught in the county and city schools in Kentucky and was one of the first appointed supervisors of the Negro industrial schools in the state (1913). She was one of the five African American women in the first Home Demonstration Agents class in 1914, the women were Florence G. Anderson in Clark County; Lula Coleman in Daviess County; Julia Melton and Mollie Poston in Christian County; and Ella B. Taylor in Fayette County [source: "Recognition of African American women at the University of Kentucky," p.1]. Mollie Poston was a graduate of Roger Williams University in Nashville, TN, and M. & F. College and Hopkinsville Industrial School, both in Hopkinsville, KY. She was the mother of Robert, Ulysses and Ted Poston, and the wife of Ephraim Poston. For more see the Mollie Poston entry in Who's Who of the Colored Race, 1915 [available full view at Google Book Search]; and Dark Side of Hopkinsville, by T. Poston.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Muir, Florence G. Anderson
NKAA Entry: Hopkinsville Male and Female College
NKAA Entry: Poston, Ulysses and Robert
NKAA Entry: Poston, Theodore R. A. M.
NKAA Source: Recognition of African American Women at the University of Kentucky (unpublished manuscript)
NKAA Source: Dark side of Hopkinsville : stories

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  Poston, Ulysses and Robert
NKAA Entry:  Poston, Theodore R. A. M.
NKAA Entry:  Poston, Ephraim
NKAA Entry:  African American County Extension Agents and Home Demonstration Agents, Kentucky

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