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Russell, Harvey Clarence, 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. He served as president of the Kentucky Negro Educational 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 (2nd wife) 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.

*The following corrections were provided by Julia S., the great-granddaughter of Harvey C. Russell, Sr.

Harriet Vance Tucker Russell (1888-1925) was the first wife of Harvey C. Russell, Sr. She was the biological mother of Harvey, Jr., Anna Howard Russell Pipes, Bessie Tucker Russell Stone, Dr. Randa Russell, and George Russell. Harvey C. Russell, Sr. and Julia Jones Russell McClain had one child, John Willis Russell (1931-1946) who died at an early age.

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