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

Britton, Mary E.

(born: 1855  -  died: 1925) 

Mary E. Britton was born in Lexington, KY. She was an activist and a journalist who wrote many articles against segregation laws. Britton was also a schoolteacher. She would later become the first African American woman physician in Lexington and a founder of the Colored Orphan Industrial Home. Britton was a graduate of Berea College. She is buried in the Cove Haven Cemetery in Lexington. She was a sister of Julia B. Hooks and Thomas M. Britton. For more see Mary Britton at; and E. Applegate, "The Noble Sole of Mary E. Britton," in Berea College Magazine [online]. 


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