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Smith, Lucy Wilmot

(born: 1861  -  died: 1889) 

Lucy Wilmot Smith was born in Lexington, KY, the daughter of Mrs. Margaret Smith. She began teaching in 1877 in Lexington and became a journalist in 1884 with The American Baptist. She provided sketches of women journalists for the New York newspaper, Journalism. She served as an editor and wrote special columns for Our Women and Children and was also on the staff of the Baptist Journal. She spoke out on women's rights and voting. Smith was a graduate and a teacher at State University [later Simmons University] and was the private secretary of school President William J. Simmons. She was a historian for the Negro Baptist.

For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan; and "Lucy Wilmot Smith," in Noted Negro Women: their triumphs and activities, by M. A. Majors; see p.9 in Negro Baptist History, 1750-1930 by L. G. Jordan [bio & picture]; see Lucy Wilmot Smith in "The Death Roll," Lexington Leader, 12/03/1889, p.2; see Lucy Wilmot Smith, Chapter XL in Women of distinction: remarkable in works and invincible in character by Scruggs, L. A. (Lawson Andrew).

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