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Mary V. Brown Ashford, born in Henderson, KY, was a poet, teacher, and advocate for equality. She would leave Kentucky ad taught in the New Haven School System in Connecticut. She was also a leader in the community. The Mary B. Ashford Senior Citizens Daycare Center in New Haven, CT, was named in recognition of her more than 40 years of community service and volunteerism. The Mary B. Ashford Outreach Support Project was established at the Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church in New Haven, CT.

Ashford, Mary Brown, interview by George C. Wright. May 07, 1984, Blacks in Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

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