Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
West Kentucky Industrial College
Ground broken for this college on Dec. 9, 1909, by Dr. Dennis H. Anderson, who had a determination to improve education for Negroes in Kentucky. Cornerstone for first building laid, 1911. Dr. Anderson failed to get bill passed in 1912 legislature to make school a state institution. It did become state-supported in 1918 and by 1938 had grown to be the third largest Negro junior college in the U.S.
Before it merged with Ky. State, 1938, this college was served by Presidents D. H. Anderson, 1909-37, and H. C. Russell, 1937-38. A vocational school established in 1938. The following have served as its president: M. H. Griffin, 1938-43; H.C. Russell, 1943-47; M. J. Sleet (acting pres.), 1947-48; C. L. Timberlake, 1948-57; and H. C. Mathis since 1957. School has continued to meet the vocational needs of Kentuckians.
Erected 1973 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways; Presented by the National Alumni Association: Lorenzo Goatley, President, J.D. Marks, Jr., Secy. (Marker Number 1469.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 37° 5.4′ N, 88° 37.97′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is at the intersection of H C Mathis Drive (U.S. 45) and North 14th Street, on the right when traveling north on H C Mathis Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 H C Mathis Drive, Paducah KY 42001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wacinton (approx. half a mile away); Paducah, Kentucky / McCracken County (approx. 0.6 miles away); Irvin S. Cobb (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dr. Reuben Saunders (1808-1891) (approx. 0.8 miles away); Grave of John T. Scopes / Scopes "Monkey Trial" (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gen. Lloyd Tilghman (approx. 0.9 miles away); Temple Israel (approx. one mile away); Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paducah.
Also see . . . West Kentucky Industrial College Paducah, Kentucky 1909-1938. From America's Lost Colleges: Profiles of 350 Closed or Merged Colleges, by Paul Batesel (Submitted on October 28, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
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