Hickman in Fulton County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Rufus B. Atwood
March 15, 1897 - March 18, 1983
During his tenure at the school, Atwood led the battle for desegregated education and improved educational opportunities for black students across the state.
In 1962 he became the first African American to receive the University of Kentucky's highest honor, the Sullivan Medallion.
He was also awarded the Bronze Star for bravery in 1918 for service during W.W. I.
Erected by Hickman Recreation and Tourism Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • War, World I.
Location. 36° 34.277′ N, 89° 11.111′ W. Marker is in Hickman, Kentucky, in Fulton County. Marker is on Moscow Street (State Highway 94), on the right when traveling west. Located in front of the Hickman Library. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hickman KY 42050, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured Elvis J. Stahr, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Hickman Bluff Stabilization Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse Steps (approx. half a mile away); Fulton County (approx. half a mile away); Where Dixie Begins (approx. half a mile away); Casey Jones (approx. 8.6 miles away); New Madrid Earthquake (approx. 9.3 miles away); Titan I (approx. 11.2 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hickman.
Also see . . .
1. A Look Back at Famous Residents of Hickman. Page from the Hickman Recreation, Tourism, and Convention Commission discussing both Atwood and Stahr, who are featured on the markers in front of the library. (Submitted on April 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. A Black Educator in the Segregated South. Article following Atwood's career. (Submitted on April 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,263 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.