Lynch in Harlan County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Lynch Colored High School - West Main High School
This brick facility was built in 1923 by the United States Coal and Coke Co., then leased to Lynch Colored Common Graded School District. Students from Benham and Lynch enrolled in the high school. The first four graduates received their diplomas in 1928.
W.L. Shobe was principal, 1939-56, and was an outstanding and progressive administrator. After Professor Shobe’s retirement, Coach John V. Coleman promoted to principal; school name changed to West Main High. School had many notable students and athletes.
Erected 2003 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2109.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 36° 57.985′ N, 82° 55.987′ W. Marker is in Lynch, Kentucky, in Harlan County. Marker is on State Highway 6 east of Pirate Way, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lynch KY 40855, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To Honor the Black Coal Miners Joseph Alexander Matthews (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lynch (approx. one mile away); Scotia Mine Disaster (approx. 8 miles away); Appalachia (approx. 9.4 miles away in Virginia); Carl Martin (approx. 11 miles away in Virginia); Big Stone Gap (approx. 11 miles away in Virginia); Southwest Virginia Museum (approx. 11.1 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Lynch.
More about this marker. There is a small metal tablet below the marker with the following: Co-sponsored by the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission.
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