As you see in the title Kentucky was
the first North American to establish
a free pulic library specifically for
African Americans. This library is
located in Louisville Kentucky. It was
a library managed by Thomas Fountain Blue.
The founding of the Colored Library
and Thomas Fountain Blue’s Apprentice
Training Program was the beginning of
Librarianship and libraries for
African Americans in Kentucky.
Much of the recorded history of
Kentucky African American librarian
involves around the Thomas Fountain
Blue and the Louisville Free Public
Thomas Fountain Blue and his staff
were invited to meetings and conferences
in various states they sought for
A librarian’s conference was founded
under Kentucky Negro education organization.
Library members and activities were
recorded in the parent orgranization’s
The Kentucky African American Librarian got into the larger library system and disappeared from the written page.
Over the next 40 years bits of information
could be found in the larger publications.
Today African American librarians
are employed at many types of libraries
in Kentucky. It has been 91 years since
the Western Colored Branch opened and
Thomas Fountain Blue started training
African American librarians.
Blue trained African American women
throughout the South.