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First African-American students enroll at UK, 1949

Posted on October 14, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

Marking the first time in it’s then 84 year history, the University of Kentucky, on June 21, 1949, accepted enrollment of African-American students. Among the first to register were Augustus Mack, center, vocational agriculture teacher at Douglass High School and to his left, Mrs. Arnetta Neal, Douglass elementary school principal. Both entered the UK graduate school for masters degrees in education. The students’ right to attend the school was established three months earlier in a federal court ruling. The court ruled in the suit of Lyman Johnson, Louisville, against the University. Johnson sought admission to the graduate school to pursue a course leading to a doctors degree in history. He was among the 23 enrolling. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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