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Benham in Harlan County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Joseph Alexander Matthews

(1902 - 1970)

 
 
Joseph Alexander Matthews Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2016
1. Joseph Alexander Matthews Marker
Inscription. Principal of the East Benham High School, 1934-60. Matthews taught math and coached ball teams. The students were children of employees of Wisconsin Steel Company. Joseph Matthews and his wife Ruth were leaders in black community and bought food, clothes, and supplies for the needy.

Presented by Students, Faculty, and Friends and the Ky. African American Heritage Commission

 
Erected 1997 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1995.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 36° 57.904′ N, 82° 56.626′ W. Marker is in Benham, Kentucky, in Harlan County. Marker is on State Highway 6 0.3 miles east of Maggard Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Benham KY 40807, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To Honor the Black Coal Miners (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lynch Colored High School - West Main High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lynch (approx. 1.5 miles away); Scotia Mine Disaster
View to East Along State Highway 6 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2016
2. View to East Along State Highway 6
Marker on right (south) side of highway
(approx. 8.5 miles away); Appalachia (approx. 9.9 miles away in Virginia); Carl Martin (approx. 11.5 miles away in Virginia); Big Stone Gap (approx. 11.5 miles away in Virginia); Southwest Virginia Museum (approx. 11.5 miles away in Virginia).
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on August 22, 2016.
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