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Brumfield, Sophia M. "Sophie" Overstreet

(born: 1882  -  died: 1933) 

Sophia M. Overstreet, from Camp Nelson, KY, was the last African American student employee at Berea College Library prior to the school becoming segregated in 1904. She would continue her education and graduate from Fisk University; Shopia boarded with the Pinkston family in Nashville, TN, while she was a student in 1910. Sophia was the daughter of William S. Overstreet and Jane Jackson Overstreet. In 1900 the family of nine lived in Lee, KY. Sophia's sisters, Mary and Cordelia, were school teachers. Sophia Overstreet died April 4, 1933, she was the wife of Rev. T. M. Brumfield, and the couple had resided in Nashville, TN [source: Tennessee, Deaths and Burials Index FHL Film No.1876799]. According to her death notice, she was born August 13, 1882. For more see Library Service to African Americans in Kentucky, by R. F. Jones; and Black America Series: Berea and Madison County, by J. G. Burnside, p. 41.

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

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