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In 1905, Thomas Fountain Blue, Sr. became the first formally-trained African American librarian in Kentucky and also managed the country's first library training program for African Americans in the Louisville Colored Western Branch Library.

Blue, Thomas F., Sr.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database.

The first Carnegie Colored Library buildings were built in Louisville, KY: Western Branch in 1908 and Eastern Branch in 1914. The addition of the branches enhanced the recognition of the Louisville Free Public Library as the national leader in segregated library training and services for African Americans. There was an attempt on the part of the Carnegie Corporation to transfer the ideology to South Africa. The first Black librarian in South Africa was Herbert Isaac Ernest Dhlomo (1903-1956), he was employed by the Carnegie Non-European Library Service, 1937-1940.

Kentucky Carnegie Colored Libraries International Influence,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database.

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