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Earlington in Hopkins County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

J.W. Million School / Prof. Lester G. Mimms

 
 
J.W. Million School Marker side image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 25, 2021
1. J.W. Million School Marker side
Inscription.  
J.W. Million School
Black students went to Earlington Colored School by 1891. Wooden school replaced by brick building in 1905 by St. Bernard Mining Co. on land donated by J.B. Atkinson. Inspired by Rev. Joseph W. Million, activist and pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, the school was renamed the J.W. Million School in 1938.
Hopkins Co. Historical Society

Prof. Lester G. Mimms
Dedicated principal and educator Prof. Lester G. Mimms (1905-1991) served the Hopkins County School System for 37 years. He was the renowned basketball coach of the J.W. Million Purple Waves from 1935-1964. Professor Mimms received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities in 1980 from Simmons Bible College.
Hopkins Co. Historical Society

 
Erected 2013 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2548.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
Prof. Lester G. Mimms Marker side image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 25, 2021
2. Prof. Lester G. Mimms Marker side
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Education. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
 
Location. 37° 16.386′ N, 87° 30.969′ W. Marker is in Earlington, Kentucky, in Hopkins County. Marker is on North Mc Euen Avenue (Kentucky Route 1337) north of County Route 3057, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 North Mc Euen Avenue, Earlington KY 42410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Century of Coal Mining (approx. ¼ mile away); Munns School (approx. 3 miles away); Oliver Loving (approx. 3.4 miles away); Chittenden P. Lyon, Jr. House (approx. 3.6 miles away); Carlow's Stone Wall (approx. 3.7 miles away); Turner Ruby House (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Hockersmith House (approx. 3.8 miles away); Gov. Ruby Laffoon (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
J.W. Million School / Prof. Lester G. Mimms Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 25, 2021
3. J.W. Million School / Prof. Lester G. Mimms Marker
J.W. Million School image. Click for full size.
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4. J.W. Million School
Site of J.W. Million School sign image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 25, 2021
5. Site of J.W. Million School sign
The sign was installed by the school's alumni.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 26, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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