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

Berea College Library

(born: 1866) 

In 1866, the Berea School [now Berea College] Library was the first desegregated library in Kentucky and the South. The school also had the first traveling library in the state that was open to Negro families, beginning in 1895. In 1916, the school had the first book wagon service in the South that was also open to Negro families. For more see Library Service to African Americans in Kentucky, by R. F. Jones.

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NKAA Source: Library service to African Americans in Kentucky, from the Reconstruction Era to the 1960s

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“Berea College Library,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 18, 2024,

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