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Russell, Harvey C., Sr.

(born: 1883  -  died: 1949) 

Harvey C. Russell, Sr. was born in Bloomfield, KY. He was Dean of Kentucky State College [now Kentucky State University] and president of West Kentucky Industrial College [now West Kentucky Community and Technical College] in Paducah, KY. He organized the first State Parent-Teachers Association and the first State Inter-High School Athletic Association. In 1930, Russell was appointed the associate investigator in the National Survey of Secondary Education at a salary of $5,000. The Russell Neighborhood in Louisville, KY, was named in his honor; the area has been recognized with a Kentucky Historical Marker [number 2017]. He is author of The Kentucky Negro Education Association, 1877-1946. He was the husband of Julia Jones Russell and the father of Harvey C. Russell, Jr., Bessie Tucker Russell Stone, Dr. Randa D. Russell, Anna Howard Russell Pipes, and George Russell. For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan; and "Kentuckian appointed Commissioner of Education," Wyandotte Echo, 05/16/1930, p.1.


  See photo image of Harvey C. Russell, Sr., bottom of left hand column, on p. 100 in Golden jubilee of the General Association of Colored Baptists in Kentucky.



Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Dunnigan, Alice A.
NKAA Source: The Kentucky Negro Education Association, 1877-1946
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions
NKAA Source: The Wyandotte echo (newspaper)

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NKAA Entry:  Russell, Harvey C., Jr.
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NKAA Entry:  Kentucky Negro Educational Association (KNEA)
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NKAA Entry:  National Youth Administration (Negro Activities in Kentucky)
NKAA Entry:  Russell, Randa Davenport
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