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July 20, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Josephine Yocum, Class of 1960

We just received information today From Elizabeth "Tippy" Yocum Pendleton that Josephine has passed. Information will be posted as soon as it is available.


July 7, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Jesse Clyde Thomas, Class of 1958

Jesse Clyde Thomas, Jr., 74, husband of Fifty Three Years to Mae Evelyn Vaughn Thomas, died Monday, July 07, 2014 at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital. Born December 4, 1939 in Lawrenceburg, he was the son of the late Jesse Clyde and Gillia Barber Thomas, Sr.. He was a retired Technician for IBM after twenty nine years and also retired from Lawrenceburg Transfer after ten years.

Jesse was a member of the Salt River Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and loved teaching the Bible to others. He and his wife hosted and taught Bible study classes each week. Jesse was well known for teaching through his jail ministry in Woodford County and also at the Isaiah House in Willisburg.

Survivors besides his wife include one son Jesse Clyde (Janet A.) Thomas, III of Louisville, two daughters: Lala Michele Coleman Williams of Fairview Heights, IL, and Dr. Jessica Elizabeth (Erwin) Bryant, Sr. of Lexington. One brother Daniel Eugene (Eula) Thomas of Frankfort, four grandchildren: Jasmine Coleman, Shelby Thomas, Jessie C. Thomas, IV, and Erwin Bryant, Jr. Jesse is also survived by special friends Kimble and Tracey Jones, Anna Katherine Taylor, Judy Jones, and Odell Moss.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. Carl Bush officiating.

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July 1, 2014

Alumnus Passing - David L. Stone, Class of 1958

David L. Stone, Age: 75 has passed.

Survivors include two daughters, Vanessa (George III) Calhoun of Louisville and Cynthia (George III) Nichols of Potomac, MD.

Visitation: 6 until 9 pm Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Clay Street Baptist Church
Funeral Service: 1 pm Thursday, July 3, 2014 Clay Street Baptist Church 1940 Midland Trail Shelbyville, KY 40065
Interment: Calvary Cemetery Shelbyville, KY

June 25, 2014

Lincoln Institute Class Rings

Every reunion I get this question; can I purchase a replacement for my lost class ring? The answer is maybe. I have a vendor that believes they can replicate our ring but I need a sample to show them what our ring looked like.

I have several individuals in the Lawrenceburg Chapter that have their rings but the Lincoln Head is missing. Do you know anyone that can send me a picture of their ring with the head on it?

The vendor will quote us a price once we tell them how many we need. Help me to take the first step by sending me a picture. Thank you.

Gary Brown at
(859) 621-9342


June 16, 2016

Reunion Update Alert- Banquet and Brunch Tickets / Hotel Reservations

Monday, July 7th is the last day you can purchase tickets for the Banquet and Brunch. A final count needs to communicated to the hotel caterers on this date. Don't wait any longer!

In addition, the hotel cut-off date has passed but the hotel still has a limited number available. You may still contact the hotel directly if you have any interest in trying to book one. Galt House 502-589-5200 or 1-800-843-4258.


Deluxe Room: $112.00 per night, plus tax

Executive Suite: 132 per night, plus tax

For further information contact: Pat Beckham: at 502-239-0152 or Etta Coleman:, Gary Brown: (859) 621-9342, Victor Brown:


June 6, 2014

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Scholarships Announced

Each year scholarships are awarded to deserving applicants applying for scholarships through our alumni scholarship fund. This year $1000 scholarships were awarded to 3 deserving individuals.

Bryant Jackson
Western High School
Simmons Bible College of Kentucky
Theology and Counseling

Sabrina Johnson
Shelby County High School
University of Louisville

William Woodard
Central High School
University of Louisville
Business Administration

Congratulations to our awardees and their families.


June 5, 2014

Lincoln Institute Reunion Activity Pricing

2014 Lincoln Institute Reunion

Complete and return form by MAY 30, 2014

Name:__________________________________ *Class of _________

Address: _________________________________________

Telephone:( )__________________Cell ___________________

Email: _______________________________________________

Registration: Full Package $165 PP (add $5.00) after 5/30/14. Price includes: Brunch Souvenir Journal, Old School Dance, Banquet/Dance and Hospitality Room

I am purchasing the full package for # guests listed below:

Individual Prices per Person

Friday & Saturday:Hospitality Room $30

Friday: Old School Dance: $25
Saturday: Banquet only: $55
Banquet and Dance: $75
Sunday: Farewell Brunch: $40

Reunion T-Shirt Size ___________ Price ____________

Souvenir Journal . $10.00 ___________

Total Due: _______________

Mail form to: The National Lincoln Institute of Kentucky Alumni Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 43964, Louisville, KY 40253.

*The 50" Year Pin will be presented to the Class of 1963 and 1964.


Deluxe Room: $112.00 per night, plus tax

Executive Suite: 132 per night, plus tax

The Cutoff Date for these rates is June 10, 2014

For further information contact: Pat Beckham: at 502-239-0152 or Etta Coleman:, Gary Brown:, Victor Brown:


June 4, 2014
Alumnus Passing - Willie Mae Nolen, Class of 1946

WILLIE MAE NOLEN, 85, of Pewee Valley, KY, passed away Saturday May 31, 2014 at Baptist Health East.

She was member of Kenwood Northeast Baptist Church, Oldham Co. Homemakers, a RSVP volunteer and the president of the Senior Center Board.

She had been employed as a nurse at Henry Ford Hospital and Jefferson County Nutrition Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ike Nolen.

She is survived by her daughter, Lillie Crockett; son Kenneth E. Floyd; goddaughters, Ruth Ritchie and Robin Gordon; 22 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be noon Saturday June 7, 2014, Kenwood Northeast Baptist Church. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until time of service at church. Burial will follow in Louisville Memorial Gardens East.


May 22. 2014

Alumnus Passing - Eleanor (Johnson) Jefferson, Class of 1955

Eleanor (Johnson) Jefferson, 76, died May 17, 2014. Her service will be held at the Haughville Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2017 East 20 Street, Indianapolis, Indiana on May 23, 2014. The Wake will be held at 9 a.m. and the Funeral Service will be held at 12 noon. Ms. Jefferson graduated from Lincoln in 1955 and was a native of Frankfort, Kentucky.


May 18, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Charles Louis Burks, Class of 1958

Charles Louis Burkes, age 75, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at his home.

Services for Mr. Burkes will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, in the chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation.

Mr. Burkes was born in Lawrenceburg, KY on July 7, 1938, the son of the late Harry Louis Burkes and Mary B. Polk. He retired from Hanson Building where he was a truck driver. Mr. Burkes was a member of Evergreen Baptist Church, Lawrenceburg.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Roderick) Houston, Wichita, KS and Eledria Gatewood, Kennesaw, GA; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three sisters, Jackie Redd, Carolyn Hudson, Lexington, KY and Leona (J.D.) Smith; a cousin, Sheila Burks, Atlanta, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Walter and sister, Jean Penny.

His nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home.


May 13, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Mary Etta Wooten, Class of 1946

Mary Etta "Esty" Wooten, 87, Shelbyville, died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at her home following an illness. She was the last surviving of fifteen children of the late James B. and Minnie Lee Warren Wooten. She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute. She was an excellent cook and caterer, having worked for King's Daughters Hospital for many years. She also cooked for Kiwanis and for the Pollard, Mitchell and Wooten Families.

She was a lifelong, faithful member of the Clay Street Baptist Church, where she had previously sang in the Pastor's Choir and Senior Choir and served on the Kitchen Committee. She enjoyed reading her Bible, calling on sick friends, working in her garden, fishing and working crossword puzzles and word searches in her leisure time.
In addition to her parents, one daughter, Gwendolyn White, one son, Ronald Gay, nine sisters, Anna E. Sullivan, Ethel C. Gullion, Archie P. Wooten, Mason L. Hayes, Lillie M. Wooten, Etta K. Wooten, Mildred F. Wooten, Cecile Hayes and one unnamed infant sister; five brothers, James W. Wooten, Leonard R. Wooten, Austin L. Wooten, George A. Wooten and William M. Wooten and one daughter-in-law, Vicky Lee Wooten, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Rosalyn I. Wakefield; two sons, Wayne Wooten and Aubrey Wooten; two life-long, devoted friends, Mary Anna McNeal and Dr. Wanda Lott Collins, all of Shelbyville; 16 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Clay Street Baptist Church.


April 24, 2014

Alumnus Passing - William Zeke Thomas

William "Zeke" Thomas, 84, Shelbyville, died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at University of Louisville Hospital following an illness. A native of Cropper, he was the son of the late Rena Stone and Alex Thomas, Sr. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from General Electric Company following 34 years of service. He was a custodian at The Sentinel-News and grass cutter for State Farm and many residences. He began his working career on the farm of Ben Allen Thomas. He was an avid UK fan. He was a member and former deacon of St. Luke Baptist Church in Eastwood.

In addition to his parents, one brother, Alex Thomas, Jr., one sister, Mary Catherine Beecham and her husband, Charles "Shed" Beecham, two nephews, James Thomas and Joseph Slaughter and two nieces, Aezline Thomas and Dorareetha Marshall, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Florientine Thomas of Shelbyville; two daughters, Sharon Thomas and Stephanie (Bruce) Martin, both of Louisville; one brother, Earnest Raymond (Dorothy Miller) Thomas of Louisville; one sister, Nancy Thomas of Shelbyville; one grandchild, Ma'Caleb Martin of Louisville; two step-grandchildren, Ra'Shann Martin of Louisville and Tyrone Williams of Atlanta, GA; one sister-in-law, Esther Thomas; six nephews, one niece and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Clay Street Baptist Church. Thursday at the church.


April 15, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Geneva Brown Mack Henderson , (Class of 1947)

Geneva Brown Mack Henderson, 85, Shelbyville, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Jewish Hospital, Shelbyville. She was a native of Shelbyville and the daughter of the late Gilbert Leonard and Lorena Dale Brown. She was a 1947 graduate of Lincoln Institute. She retired following 35 years of service at Logan's Uniform Service. She was a member of St. John Methodist Church, where she previously served as an usher.

In addition to her parents, two sisters, Augusta "Gus" Jackson and Zoretta Marshall, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, William "Bill" Henderson, Jr.; five daughters, Zenda (Larry) Jones, Carrie Graves, Jean Hayes, Lorraine (Larry) Moore and Carolyn Hayes; two sons, Gilbert Mack and Ralph (Josie) Mack, Jr., all of Shelbyville; five stepdaughters, Jackie Henderson, Ruth Henderson, Debra "Deedee" Henderson, Pamela Marshall and Vanessa (Larry) Hobson, all of Louisville; one stepson, William "Junie" Henderson III of Shelbyville; 19 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1 p.m. at St. John Methodist Church. Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. delivered the eulogy. Burial at Calvary Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


April 2, 2014

Alumnus Passing - John Thomas Henry White, Class of 1955

JOHN THOMAS HENRY WHITE, passed away March 30, 2014. He was born September 7, 1937, in Anchorage, KY. He was the seventh of nine children born to James Henry and Cordelia (Bullitt) White. He was also a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

John graduated from Lincoln Institute in 1955. There, he excelled academically and played on the football team! After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1955 and he overcame great opposition to earn his right to serve his country.

Following his military service, he started his culinary journey at Pryor's Restaurant, where he worked with dedication and was promoted to manager. His career was later expanded to include district management positions with other well-known restaurants.

While working as a manager for Pryor's, John met the love of his life, Alice Faye French, whom he married on July 14, 1960. He was the father of four children, Brenda Roberts, Austin Lamont, whom passed at the tender age of 11 (21Mar61-20Apr72), Louisa Maria and Jacqueline Denise White. Services Visitation 12 Noon to 2 p.m. with services to follow at 2PM at G.C. Williams Funeral Home, 1935 W. Broadway.


Alumnus Passing - Hazel A. (Floyd) Thomas, Class of 1956

Hazel A. Thomas, 75, Michigan City, was quietly called home by the Lord on January 22, 2014.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Emery Varrie officiating. Burial will take place at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Mrs. Thomas was born April 6, 1938 from the union of the late John Floyd Sr. and Geneva (Gilbert) Floyd. She married Tommy “Maestro” Thomas Sr. on November 7, 1964 in Michigan City, Ind. He preceded her in death July 22, 2008.

Hazel received her education from Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, Ky.; Sue Bennett Junior College, London, Ky.; and Ivy Tech School of Practical Nursing in Michigan City, Ind. She worked at Memorial Hospital for 34 years. She was a valued employee, a successful civic-minded person and a much-respected role model. This courageous, spirited woman may best be remembered for her resilient persistence to the commitment she had to service for her community through volunteer services and political inspirations.

Mrs. Thomas leaves to mourn her death two children, Brian Scott (Jennifa) Thomas, Trail Creek, Ind. and Leslie C. Thomas, Indianapolis; three stepchildren that she loved dearly, Donnie (Peggy) Thomas, Michigan City, Ind., Barry (Wanda) Thomas, Atlanta, and Tommy (Jenny) Thomas Jr., Michigan City, Ind.; one loving sister, Gladys Carol (Don) Smith, Indianapolis; and a beloved niece, who was much like a daughter, Glenis Townsend. Also mourning in her passing are her many treasured grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild, along with other countless friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her only brother, John Floyd Jr.


March 10, 2014

Alumnus Passing - William T. Carr

William T. "Buddy" Carr, 67, Louisville and formerly of Shelbyville, died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Norton Hospital following a long illness. A native of Shelbyville, he was the son of the late Thomas and Sarah Loving Carr. He was a contract truck driver, hauling piggyback Ford trucks. He was a member of the Elks Club, Turtle Club and New Covenant Congregational Church.

Survivors include two sons, Darrell Walker of Shelbyville and Troy (DeeDee Young) Carr of Louisville; one sister, Shirley (Skip) Kirtley of Louisville and one granddaughter, Detroya Carr of Louisville.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at New Covenant Congregational Church, 630 Mack Walters Road in Shelbyville with visitation at the church after 11 a.m. Rev. Joseph Humphrey, Jr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


March 2, 2014

A Poignant Goodbye to Covington’s “Mr. Ted”

Written by Krista Ramsey, Cincinnati Enquirer

Three years ago, as Theodore Huley was ending his career at Allison & Rose Funeral Home in Covington and Taylor Mill, he handed his ring of keys to Gyles Bruin, its president.Bruin took two – the keys to the restroom and paper towel dispenser – and handed the rest back.He was telling Ted Huley he’d always be a part of Allison & Rose.

For 57 years, “Mr. Ted” was the funeral home’s most iconic presence – the lean, dignified African-American man at the front door, impeccably dressed in a white jacket, dark trousers and bow tie, often carrying a whisk broom. Hundreds of families – almost all of them white Northern Kentuckians – never forgot the comfort he showed them on the worst days of their lives.

In the rain, he sheltered them with an umbrella. In the cold, he tended to their coats, never needing a coat-check number because he remembered every face. He was the arm on which older mourners leaned, the calm voice that told grieving relatives the next thing they needed to do, the hands that pulled up a chair when they were overcome or pulled up their car when they were ready to leave. “Everybody in Covington and Kenton County knew him,” remembers former Kenton County Clerk Rodney Eldridge, a longtime friend. “Gentleness and kindness were his core values.”

In the midst of a family’s loss and turmoil, Huley was constancy and tradition. Through nine U.S. presidencies, beginning with Dwight D. Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt Huley “stood the door” at Allison & Rose in his porter’s uniform. It was an image some saw as a racial stereotype. But Huley took enormous pride in that image and, through the strength of his personal dignity, transformed it into a source of respect. He was promoted to funeral director, and finally wore a suit, at age 71. “He loved that job,” says his widow, Alice Butler Huley. “When he started wearing the suit, it made him feel so good.”
On the surface, Huley’s life was a simple one and his accomplishments admirable but modest. But at a deeper level, his personal evolution was very like that of his nation. At Allison & Rose, the church deacon who rode his bicycle to work at the funeral home was actually something of a trailblazer.

As a child growing up in Williams¬town, Huley was used to a world so segregated that when his mother needed something from the local drugstore, young Ted had to tap on the front window and then wait to be signaled in the back door.

As a young father raising a family in a racially changing Covington neighborhood, he had to teach his children how to handle ugly racial incidents, like having a group of white men toss a bucket of urine on the family as they sat on their porch.

His years at Allison & Rose weren’t without the shadow of racism. Americans generally die in even more racially separate ways than they’ve lived, with African-Americans and white Americans gravitating toward their own funeral homes and ways of grieving. At Allison & Rose, some whites asked that Huley not interact with their families. Then they watched his kindness and sincerity, the modest ways in which he made a service proceed smoothly. “After the funeral was over, they’d come back to apologize to him,” Gyles Bruin remembers. And Huley always forgave.

“I’d ask him, ‘Doesn’t that leave you bitter?’ ” says former Covington Assistant Police Chief Bill Dorsey, a friend of more than 40 years. “He told me, ‘I don’t have time in my heart for that.’ I guess that means his heart just wouldn’t let it in.” What his heart did let in were generations of Northern Kentuckians, rich and poor, young and old, black and white. When Ted Huley died Feb. 5, they flocked to his memorial service at Allison & Rose, spilling out the funeral home’s front door.

“He was a Covington icon,” longtime friend Michael Plummer said, “and this was the end of an era.” ■

(This very inspiring story was shared with us by former National Alumni President, Claude Livers.)


February 23, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Andrew Stewart Freese, Class of 1947

Andrew Stewart Freese 83 of Louisa, KY passed away Sunday Feb. 16, 2014 at Three Rivers Medical Center following a brief illness.
Andy was born Dec. 2, 1930 in Louisa, the son of the late Fred and Lucille Stewart Freese. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son Andrew Woods and a brother Louis Freese. Andy was a master mechanic.

Survivors include daughters Corinthia Hayes of Atlanta, GA, Mariea Dodd of Raleigh, NC, Tara Freese Almonte of Bronx, NY, Isabelle Mitchell of Central Islip, NY, Sharon Hargrove of Maplewood, NJ, Malissa Freese of Washington, DC and Alice Freese of Bronx, NY; a sister Alice Church of Atlanta, GA; 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday Feb. 20th at 2:00 pm at the Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Pinehill Cemetery at Louisa


February 22, 2014

Madison Roy is a Winner

Madison Roy, the former Prudential Kentucky Honoree Middle Level recently won a trophy, Third place in Speech debate. Although she is a six grader, she and her debate team of two 6 graders competed against high school students on Saturday at the Wyatt Debate league. Her overall scores made it possible for her to obtain this award.

Madison is the granddaughter of our Alumni President Patricia Beckham and her husband Lynn.


February 20, 2014

Carl Clifford Talbert - Lincolnite Centenarian - Happy 100th Birthday

In 1999,Bryant Martin, 9, shows his great-grandfather, Carl Talbert, 85, who is blind, where the strawberry plants are growing in the garden of their home in Lexington, KY, on Monday, April 5, 1999. Bryant lives in the house with Talbert and his grandmother, Marlene Stevenson.

Carl Clifford Talbert celebrated his 100th birthday on Dec 22. He was born in Cadentown, a small community in Fayette County off Todds Road. He attended the Cadentown Rosenwald School and Lincoln Institute in Shelby County. Following school, he married Gladys Shackleford. Their marriage lasted 55 years and produced one daughter, Marlene, seven grandchildren, and several great- and great-great grandchildren (there were four generations present at his birthday celebration). He has served as trustee, custodian and choir member at Wesley United Methodist Church for more than 60 years. Talbert retired from the General Telephone Co. after three decades. Even though he lost his sight many years ago, he continues to raise a vegetable garden every summer.

Article published in Lexington Herald Leader February 18, 2014by Michelle Patterson


February 12, 2014

Lincoln Institute Artifacts - Class Ring(s)

This is an appeal for a very special artifact. If you are like me, I lost my class ring many years ago. We are in need of a class ring to add to our displays at the Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial House. Please let me know if you have one and if you have any interest in donating it. Thank you.

Gary Brown (


February 11, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Huley, Class of 1952

Theodore R. "Ted" Huley, age 83. Resident of Erlanger, KY formerly of Covington, KY. When home to be with his maker Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospice, Edgewood, KY. He was a funeral director with Allison & Rose Funeral Home, Inc.Covington, and TaylorMill, KY. Member and usher of Barnes Temple AME, Erlanger, KY. Member and lay speaker, Men's Prayer Breakfast Group, Ft. Mitchell Baptist Church, Ft. Mitchell, KY. SERVICE 6:00PM Tuesday, February 11th Allison & Rose Funeral Home, Robbins Street and Madison Avenue, Covington, KY. INTERMENT 10AM Wednesday, February 12th Highland Cemetery, Ft. Mitchell, KY. VISITATION 4 until 5:45PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preceded in death by his: first wife-Windfred Norris "Dottie" Huley (12-9-1993), daughter-Charlene Chapman (10-28-2013), parents-Ralph and Iula Lunden Huley. He is survived by his: wife-Alice King Butler Huley (married 2-1-2008); son- Danny L. Huley, Cleves, OH; daughters-Ernestine Green, Paramount, CA, Debra L. (Mel) Hunter, Latonia, KY, Felicia Ann Harris, New Orleans, LA, Yolanda Walton, Covington, KY; 5-grandchildren, 6- great grandchildren, many great g reat grandhildren; stepson-George Thomas Butler, Erlanger, KY; step daughters-Karen Murdock, Los Angeles, CA, Linda (Gerald) Friason, Springdale, OH; 9-stepgrandchildren, 11-step great grandchildren and 3-step great great grandchildren.

February 7, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Dorothy Jean Wiggington Marshall, Class of 1961

Dorothy Jean Wiggington Marshall, 70, Shelbyville, died Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Hosparus Inpatient Care Center in Louisville following a long illness. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Smith Wiggington and Lucille Wright Wiggington Spencer. She was a 1961 graduate of Lincoln Institute.

She was the owner and operator of Marshall's Catering Service, where her home cooking was in high demand. Many local residents have had a 'Dorothy Marshall Birthday Cake' nearly every year of their life. She was a dedicated pastor's wife, and she also worked as a sales associate at Shillitos for seven years. She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the United Methodist Women. She was a member of Pleasantview Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and served on the dining room committee.

In addition to her parents, one sister, Ellna Davis and one grandson, Jamal Marshall, preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. of Shelbyville; one son, Robert M. Marshall, Jr. (Yolanda) of Shelbyville; two brothers, John S. Wiggington, Sr. (Mary Etta) and Kevin Wiggington (Erica), both of Louisville; one half-sister, Evelyn 'Sug' Cunningham of Louisville; her stepmother, Lina Wiggington of Louisville; one granddaughter, JaQuish S. Marshall of Shelbyville and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Clay Street Baptist Church with visitation 6-9 p.m., Monday at the church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


February 4, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Samantha Hughes Sanders, Class of 1960

Samantha Hughes Sanders passed on December 20, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Samantha grew up with family in Kentucky and Michigan, but graduated from Lincoln Institute and all Black boarding school in Shelby County, Kentucky. After graduation, she attended junior college.

Settling in Michigan, Samantha worked until she married and gave birth to three daughters. Samantha stayed home and raised her children until the youngest was in school all day. She worked at the IRS Data Center and was very active in her union until her retirement in 2001.

Samantha was very independent and taught “her girls” to be the same way. She stressed the importance of having a good education. Samantha was an avid reader of the newspaper and watching the news, always aware of weather and current events, never hesitating to call or clip and article out of the newspaper that she found interesting or important.

To cherish her memory, Samantha leaves her three daughters: Serena, Erica, and Jennifer (Edward), four grandchildren: Brandon, Jordan, Noah, and Samantha, her cousin, Elizabeth, and as well as a host of relatives and friends.


January 22, 2014

Alumnus Passing - "Sonny" Fletcher Lott, Class of 1960

Sonny Lott,71, a Iowa City Musician, and local legend ,peacefully left this earth on Thursday December 12,2013 from a long battle with cancer.

Sonny, whose real name is Fletcher Henderson Lott, came to Iowa City over forty years ago, and played drums with many of the best bands in the area. He was known mainly known as a rock steady drummer. Sonny was also a fantastic vocalist, famous for his renditions of “Mustang Sally”, “Stormy Monday” and the other classics. Perhaps his greatest gift was his ability to befriend practically everyone he met.

Survivors include: three daughters; Vikki Lott-Hoke, Rubi and Kim Lott; his former wife Gertrude Chambers, and his adopted family,The Hayward’s, and countless friends and fans. He was preceded in death by his son Tony.

Online condolences may be directed to


January 22, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Florian Meeks Jr.

FLORIAN MEEKS JR., peacefully passed at home surrounded by family on January 13, 2014. Raised and educated in Owen County, he graduated from Lincoln Ridge Institute (High School) and Tuskegee Institute (University). Dad served his country as a Montford Point Marine during World War II and as first lieutenant in the US Army during the Korean War. He and surviving Montford Point Marines were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama and he received other accolades for his military services and was Honorably Discharged. He owned a small business and retired from the US Postal Service. Dad avidly studied the Bible, wrote constantly and was a student of African American History. Our father was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two half-brothers, his first son, and a grandchild; and leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 65 years, Eloise Kline Meeks; his children: Renelda Meeks Higgins Walker (Benjamin), Florian Meeks III (Carolyn), Reginald Meeks, Michael Meeks (Michelle), and Kenneth Meeks (Glenna); his sister, Laura "Doll" Kirtley, half-sister Phyllis Jean Kirtley, half brothers Frederick and Donald Kirtley; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, friends, neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ. All services will be at the Church of God Sanctified, 1114 S. 15th St., Louisville, KY. Wake: Monday, January 20, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. Funeral service: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 10 a.m.-noon, with internment at Veterans Memorial Military Cemetery in Radcliff, KY at 1 p.m.


January 22, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Rose Amy Covington Allen

Rose Amy Covington Allen, 84, Shelbyville, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Jewish Hospital following an illness. A native of Richmond, she was the daughter of the late Joe Sy and Mentie Cobb Covington. She was the widow of John Allen, Jr. She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute and a nursing assistant for many years at Shelby Manor. She was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, where she had served as an usher, stewardess, deaconess, missionary and choir member. In addition to her husband and parents, two sons, Bernard F. Allen and Lindsey F. Allen, Sr. and four siblings, Daniel Scott Covington, Sr., Noah Covington, Lydia Davis and Paul Covington, preceded her in death. Survivors include one daughter, Janelda A. Dawkins of Shelbyville; one son, David F. Allen of Shelbyville; four sisters, Sue Ellis of Shelbyville and Frances Thompson, Fannie Covington and Margaret Woolfolk, all of Lexington; one brother, Joe Covington of Louisville; one daughter-in-law, Vivian Allen of Shelbyville; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, January 10, 2014 at Bethel A.M.E. Church with visitation at the church 6-9 p.m. on Thursday. Rev. MacArthur Pendleton will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


January 20, 2014

A Message from Our Alumni President

Hopefully you have received your newsletters about the Reunion. Time is getting closer as the one day at a time moves through our lives with about 5 Five months to get things in order. I have posted 10 things to do before the Reunion I pray that some one is listening and will past this on to their Alumni and friends.
10 things to do before your 2014 Reunion:"Whatever we do will be because of you"

Alumni it’s time to attend your Lincoln Institute of KY School Reunion

*Remember these dates: July 11-13. 50 Year Pin for Classes 63-64.
*Where: Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY
*Call The hotel (1-800-843-4258) for reservation. Group Name: Lincoln Institute Reunion. They are waiting to BOOK your Room.
*Send in your reservation fee of $165 per person before May 2014
*Locate your long lost high school classmates. They are looking for you too.
*Use your social networking sites like Facebook and your email list to help spread the word about the upcoming Reunion.
*If you did not receive a newsletter contact me and we will forward one to you.
*Place an Ad in the Souvenir Journal Prices: $35-$300, be a patron for $1.00 per line
*Keep spreading the word about the Reunion and reconnecting with classmates
*Visit and learn more about the Reunion Events

*Mail form and payment to:

The National Lincoln Institute of Kentucky Alumni Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 43964,
Louisville, KY 40253
For further information contact: Pat Beckham: at 502-239-0152 or Etta Coleman:
Victor Brown:


January 14, 2014

Subject: Reagan Roy; grandson of Patricia and Lynn Beckham receives honor from Louisville Chapter of the American Red Cross

Youth Prudential Spirit of Community Honoree

The chapter is pleased to announce Reagan Roy as our nominee for the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Created in 1995, the awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program for volunteer community service. Reagan has volunteered with the chapter since 2012 and has consistently upheld the values and mission of the American Red Cross.

Reagan volunteers as an individual as well as with the Chapter Club Council which he was recently elected to lead as President. His service with the Red Cross includes acting as a community educator for Whales Tales, the Pillowcase Project and Restoring Family Links. He has received training in International Humanitarian Law, CPR and First Aid and Mock Shelter operation.

Reagan’s community involvement goes far beyond the Red Cross. He runs a radio show with his sister Madison on WLOU every Saturday from 2:30-3 p.m. The pair have written and published several books about Leukemia and Sickle Cell Anemia. They volunteer a considerable amount of time fighting to increase awareness of these diseases.

We are amazed at Reagan’s ability to give of himself and his time. He never misses an opportunity to give to his community and always does so with a positive and energetic attitude. We believe he embodies the spirit of service to a T. We are proud to showcase his efforts and glad to have him on the Red Cross team!

Reagan’s recognition as a local Prudential Spirit Award Honoree qualifies him to be chosen as the 2014 Kentucky honoree. State honorees are announced in early February. State honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C.

Let's applaud his accomplishment and send our well wishes as he competes for the state award as the 2014 Kentucky honoree.


January 4, 2014

Alumnus Passing - William Francis Spaulding, Class of 1961


William Francis Spaulding Aug. 17, 1943 - Oct. 14, 2013 Mr. William Francis Spaulding formerly of 2042 Temple Street was born August 17, 1943 in Springfield, Kentucky, to Thomas Joseph Spaulding and Mary Hazel Coleman-Nichols. He passed away Monday, October 14, 2013. Mr. Spaulding was preceded in death by his father; wife, Karen Arnett Spaulding; and step-father, Alfred Nichols. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Russell Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobbie A. Jones, officiating. Interment was held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Lebanon National Cemetery, 20 Highway 208, Lebanon, KY 40033.

(Thank you to Emma (Chambers) Arnold, Class of 1961 for bringing this death to my attention.)


December 28, 2013

Alumnus Passing - Catherine Maddox Beckham

Catherine Maddox Beckham, 74, of Shelbyville died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 in Shelbyville. She was a member of Prevailing Word and Worship Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lee Beckham, Sr.; siblings, Mary Virginia Shouse, Dorothy Smith, James Charles Maddox and Elmo Maddox. She is survived by her sons, Tommy Beckham Jr. of Shelbyville, Anthony Wayne Beckham of Finchville; Kevin Eugene Beckham of Shelbyville, David Allen Beckham of Shelbyville; daughters, Melissa Stivers of Shelbyville, Kimberly Beckham Willoughby of Simpsonville, Candice Beckham of Shelbyville; 9 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Ella Crittendon of Shelbyville, Lucille Lewis of Shelbyville, and Lillian Clayton of Louisville. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec, 21, 2013, at the Shannon Funeral Home with Rev. Theodore Todd, Rev. Ted Shouse and Rev. Robert Marshall officiating. Visitation will be 12:00-6 p.m. Friday, December 20 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Simpsonville Cemetery. -

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December 23, 2013

Alumnus Passing - John S. Calloway, Class of 1962

CALLOWAY, JOHN SAMUEL, 68, of Crestwood, KY, went home on Saturday, December 21, 2013.

John was a Deacon at the New Hope Baptist Church, Wichita, KS, retired from Cessna Aircraft Manufacturing and International Harvester. He survived two tours of the Vietnam war, where he was bestowed a Purple Heart Medal.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Darnell and John Jr. Calloway; a sister, Mary Lou; and a niece Amanda.

John is survived by his children; Gloriah Wilson (Ray), Jerri-Ann Robinson, Linda Milford, Jerome Bradley, Vincent Bradley, Vicky Pace Scott; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great nieces and three great nephews; nieces and nephews, Wilma (Torance), Raymon (Lmyrie) and Kim.

Home Going is 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Pewee Valley, KY. Visitation: 3-8 p.m. Monday at Stoess Funeral Home, Crestwood.

REUNION 2014 – “Here’s to our dear ole Lincoln”

The dates have been set for the Lincoln Institute Alumni Reunion 2014. The dates are July 11 thru July 13, 2014. Graduates from the 1963 and 1964 school years will be honored with their 50 Year Pins.

The reunion headquarters will again be in Louisville at the Galt House Hotel. The hotel is now accepting reservations at a discounted rate for our alumni. The Deluxe Room rate located in the Rivue Tower is $112 per night; Executive Suites in the Suite Tower are $132 per night. Please book early; at the last reunion available rooms went quickly. A cut-off date will be announced for the discounted rates in the near future. Hotel reservation can be made at (502) 589-5200 or (1-800-843-4258) or online at Group Name is Lincoln Institute Reunion.

A mailing will take place to all those registered from previous reunions. If you know of anyone that has never attended please send me an email with their contact information so we can send them a package. Transportation will be available from the hotel for any campus activities.

We never know which reunion may be our last so we encourage you to plan on attending and help us to celebrate and preserve our heritage.



November 14, 2013

Looking for photos; Phillip Sidney House, Class of 1962

I have recently received a request from Phillip's daughter seeking copies of any photos you may have that have Phillip Sidney House in them. Phillip was the Sergeant of Arms for the 1962 graduating class and was Captain of the football team. Let me know if you can help. You can send me an email with pictures are reach me at this email address -

Thank you.

Gary Brown


October 22, 2013

Alumnus Passing - Edith Grundy Webb - Class of 1948

Edith Grundy Webb, 83, Shelbyville, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville following a brief illness. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Mary Ellen Cowen Grundy. She was the widow of John Taylor Webb. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Darnella Jean Webb Ashby; one sister, Mary White; and two brothers, Charles Kennedy and William "Billy" Cowen. Survivors include one son, Garland H. Webb Sr. of Louisville; one sister, Eva Mae White of Louisville. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Webb Funeral Home with visitation after 11 a.m.

Cremation will follow the services in accordance with her wishes. Burial of the cremated remains will be at Calvary Cemetery on Saturday. Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


September 24, 2013

Alumnus Passing - Earl (Hawkeye)Pennington, Class of 1960

Mr. Earl "Hawkeye" Pennington
Date of Birth: 02/16/1942
Date of Death: 09/21/2013

Mr. Earl “Hawkeye” Pennington, age 71 of Manchester, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013 at his home. He was born on Monday, February 16, 1942 in Clay County, Kentucky to the union of John Ed and Drucilla Gilbert Pennington. He was a member of the St. Paul AME Church and a heavy equipment operator and was owner of Pennington Lawn Service.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife: Sheila Bowling Pennington of Manchester, his children: Tina Pennington, Trina Pennington, Terry Godsey, and Kelly Godsey, his grandchildren: Felicia Armentress Pennington and Earl Bryson Blade Pennington, his great grandchildren: Braydon Kade Pennington and Angler Gauge England, his special nephew: Jess Kemp and his sister: Betty Henson.He is preceded in death by his parents: John Ed and Drucilla Pennington, his son: Timothy Wayne Pennington, and his brother: John “Frog” Pennington.

Funeral Services for Mr. Earl “Hawkeye” Pennington will be conducted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 5 PM at the Rominger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jess Kemp, Rev. Donnie McKissic and Rev. Avis Thompson will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Manchester Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, after 2 PM at the Rominger Funeral Home Chapel.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Rominger Funeral Home.


September 13, 2013

Dedicated Friend of Lincoln Institute Passing - Day Ann Davis

DAY ANN DAVIS, 67, Goshen, KY, died Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital.

Survivors include two sisters, Jamar K. Davis and Noreen (Anthony) Kennedy; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Green Castle Baptist Church with visitation at the church 5-9 p.m. on Sunday. Burial will follow at Louisville Memorial Gardens East. Arrangements by Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors, Shelbyville.

Online condolences at

Published in The Courier-Journal on September 13, 2013

(Although Day Ann did not attend Lincoln because of school integration; she was at every reunion with her sidekick and sister Jamar. May she rest in peace.)


September 7, 2013

What Lincoln Memorabilia is hiding in Your Closet?

Our collection of Lincoln Institute artifacts is growing. The photo above is the latest example of an excellent addition to our artifact collection on display at the Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial House on the Lincoln Institute campus.

This sweater was donated by Wanda Warren White, secretary and Homecoming Queen for the Class of 1963. Barbara a native of Shelbyville, now resides in the Louisville area. This sweater was owned by her friend Eddie Patterson, Class of 1964, who is deceased and also a native of Shelbyville. As you look at the sweater you can see Eddie was quite an athlete having lettered in baseball and basketball. Not reflected on this letter is the fact he lettered in football as well.

The sweater is in near mint condition and obviously well maintained by Barbara. It was created by the Imperial Knitting Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin around the year 1961. The company well known for its custom tailored Official Award Sweaters went out of business in the 1970’s making this a very unique and special addition to our growing collection.

What Lincoln Memorabilia is hiding in Your Closet? Help us to pass on our legacy through our growing historical collection. Let me know if you have anything you would like to donate and keep the Lincoln Spirit alive.


August 28, 2013

50th Anniversary of School Integration in Anderson County

This week we look back over 50 years and honor Dr. Martin Luther King JR for his memorable “I Have a Dream" speech in 1963 during the March on Washington. 50 years ago in Lawrenceburg, KY something significant happened there as well, “the integration of the public schools.” Former Lincolnites played a pivotal role in making this transition happen without incident.

Read about this historic event by copying and pasting the link below to your browser:

August 23, 2013

Alumnus Passing - Ella Mae Bryant, Class of 1950

God sent an angel to receive the spirit of Ella Mae Bryant on August 13th, 2013 at Glenview Health and Rehabilitation Center. Ella was born May 15th , 1930 in Metcalfe County, Kentucky - the third child of Russell Garnett and Evvie Lee Wood Bryant.

Ella Mae professed her faith in Jesus as her lord and Savior at the age of 13 and joined the Queens Chapel Baptist Church.

Ella received her basic education in the Metcalfe County Public School System. She continued her education attending the Lincoln Institute, Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky. After graduating, Ella attended Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky. She later attended Western Vocational School, Paducah, Kentucky until graduation.

Ella was employed by Delco in Kokomo, Indiana. After returning to Kentucky, she was employed by the Barren County ASCS office in Glasgow, Kentucky where she remained until she retired.

Ella was an active member in her church until failing health. She served as former choir member, building fund treasurer, and missionary secretary.

Ella was preceded in death by her father and mother Russell and Evvie Bryant, a sister and brother-in-law Genobia and Herschel Caudle, a brother Stanley G. Bryant, and two nephews Stanley E. Bryant and Garnett R. Bryant.

Ella leaves to mourn her departure a special nephew and niece, Ronnie and Gayle Bryant, a nephew Donnie (Sheila) Bryant, two special nieces Martha (Wayne) Mason and Chenita Bryant several great nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins and friends.


August 16,2013

Alumnus Passing Leonard Masden, Class of 1957

MASDEN, LEONARD, "LUKE", 75, a native of Shepherdsville, passed away August 9, 2013.

He retired from Louisville Sanitation Department.

Survivors are children, Rodney Garnett (Sheila) and Lisa Sales; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews, including James Masden who cared for him.

Visitation: 6-9 p.m. Friday at G.C. Williams Funeral Home. Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday with burial in Green Meadows Cemetery.

Published in The Courier-Journal on August 16, 2013
August 9,2013

Note: See the article dated March 14, 2013 about his heroic attitude to save his brothers life. These two brothers were loved and admired by all who came in contact with them as students at Lincoln Institute.

August 2, 2013

Alumnus Passing - Mattie Cunningham Sommerville, Class of 1946

Mattie C. Sommerville passed away July 31, 2013, at the Northwest Ohio Hospice Center. She was born January 17, 1929, in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky to the union of John and Etha Cunningham. Both parents and her eight siblings all preceded her in death.

Mrs. Sommerville taught school in Kentucky, Alabama, Michigan and Ohio before retiring from the Toledo Public Schools after 21 years of service as a Junior High teacher. According to many of her former students who often so warmly greeted her, she was an effective and highly respected teacher, loved by almost all the students she taught. Mattie was a high school graduate of the Lincoln Institute of Kentucky where she graduated as Valedictorian. She also graduated from Kentucky State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree; a Masters degree, from the University of Michigan, and an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Toledo.

Mrs. Sommerville was an active member of The Toledo Chapter of The Links, Inc., Coterie, and a Life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Through those organizations, she was quite active in community outreach and services. She especially enjoyed traveling and vacations with friends and family. She was always ready to play golf with her husband and friends. Though she was far from a scratch golfer, she always wanted to compete. She was very active in her church, serving as Vacation Bible School Director, teacher and staff member, Missionary Society Officer, and a member of the Adult 1 Sunday School Class.

Mattie Sommerville leaves to mourn her loss her beloved husband of 57 years, Joseph "Dr. Joe"; sons, Joseph Jr. "Joey" (Jean) Sommerville of Alpharetta, GA, and Barry (LaJuandrea) Sommerville of Lathrup Village, MI; grandchildren, Danielle, Leonard, and Alexandra; several nephews and nieces, other family members; special friends, Jeanne Scott, Delores Scott, and Delores Jones, and a host of other friends and church members.

Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2013, with ceremonies for AKA Sorority at 6:00 p.m., Coterie at 6:30 p.m., and the Links at 7:00 p.m. The wake and funeral will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013. The wake will be from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The funeral service will start at noon. Both the visitation and funeral will be held at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1502 North Detroit Ave., Toledo, OH 43607.

(On a personal note Mattie had a special place in the hearts of my family and myself. She baby sit me when I was an infant two doors down from her family home in Lawrenceburg. May she rest in peace.)

Gary Brown

July 18,2013

Alumnus Passing -Oddessa F. Anderson, Class of 1941

ANDERSON, ODDESSA F., 91, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

She was a native of Campbellsburg, KY, a retired employee from Jefferson County Board of Education and a member of First Baptist Church Jeffersontown.

She is survived by her family and friends.

Funeral: 12 p.m. Monday at G.C. Williams with burial in Louisville Cemetery. Visitation from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the church, Sadie Abstain Scholarship Fund, 10600 Watterson Trail, Louisville, KY, 40299.


Published in The Courier-Journal from July 20 to July 22, 2013


June 4, 2013


There are a lot of former students doing great things around our nation. Don't keep the stories to yourself, share them with all of us. Many of you are now retired but still working in your communities trying to make them better places to live. Your stories can be of great encouragement to all of us and in particular the younger generation. Tell us about your experiences at Lincoln that you would never want Dr. Young to know about. (you won't get sent home now)

If you're not making news, tell us about your kids, your grand kids. Don't be shy, hit me with an email at or give me a call at 859-621-9342.



May 22, 2013

NOW AVAILABLE - A Black History Moment - The Powerbroker

The Powerbroker tells the story of Whitney Young Jr., who biographer Nancy Weiss Malkiel called “the inside man of the black revolution.” By challenging America's business and political communities directly, Young was able to make in-roads where other civil rights leader could not. His efforts to open the doors of equal opportunity were often attacked by the very people he was trying to help. The Powerbroker chronicles the public and private trials of a man navigating a divided society in an explosive time.

Years in the making, The Powerbroker, reveals a story that has been overlooked by history. Whitney Young’s niece, Emmy-award winning journalist Bonnie Boswell Hamilton, and her team have gathered never-before-seen archival footage, home movies, family photos, audio tapes of Young, as well as interviews with activists and scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Vernon Jordan, Dorothy Height, Ossie Davis and John Hope Franklin.

Young’s journey took him from rural Kentucky to the segregated U.S. Army, where he learned his first lessons in negotiating race relations. Back in the States, Young reached out to local businesses, encouraging them to give their African-American neighbors a chance for a job. When he reached national prominence as Executive Director of the National Urban League, he used the same strategy on grander scale.

The Powerbroker follows Young as he shuttles between the streets of Harlem and the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, tying the needs of Main Street to the interests of Wall Street. In the Oval Office, Young advised Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, and guided each along a path toward historic change. And through his story, all the pivotal events of the civil rights era – Brown v Board of Education, the March on Washington and the Vietnam War – are seen through the eyes of a man striving to change the established powers the way no one else did could…from within.

(More about this film project can be found at

The film can be ordered from PBS at this link:


March 19, 2013

Lawrenceburg Alumni Chapter Offers Bounty

JOHN CUNNINGHAM AT 502-839-6336 OR 859-312- 8871.


March 14, 2013

Did you know? Historic Kidney Transplant- Jet Magazine August 14, 1958

Leon and Leonard Masden of Lincoln Institute and known as, the “Possum Twins” Kidney Transplant one of the first successful kidney transplants almost did not take place, because doctors worried that the donor, who consented enthusiastically, was not capable of understanding all the ramifications of his decision.

Kidney transplantation was pioneered in Boston, at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. The first transplants were performed only on identical twins because immunosuppression treatment, the mainstay of current transplant technology, had not yet been discovered. The donor and the recipient had to be literally identical in order for the transplant to have any chance of success.

For the recipients, it was a case of serious bad luck, mitigated by extraordinary good luck. Bad luck that you had a fatal kidney disease. Good luck that you had an identical twin able to give you a spare. In the case of the Marsden brothers, it was a case of bad luck, good luck, bad luck. Leon Marsden, 19 in 1957, had the bad luck to have a fatal case of glomerulonephritis. He had the good luck to have an identical twin, Leonard, who was eager to donate one of his kidneys. But, more bad luck, Leonard, at the age of 19, did not meet the legal age of majority in Massachusetts, and, worse luck, it was becoming increasingly apparent that Leon would not be able to hang on until they turned 21 and Leonard could legally give consent.
This was more than an issue of bad timing. It went to the heart of a central ethical problem in transplantation. Harvesting a donor organ is the only form of surgery undertaken with no medical benefit for the person undergoing the surgery. Not only does it have no medical benefit, it has substantial medical risks. Now, harvesting a kidney can be done through a small incision using a laparoscope. Until relatively recently, though, harvesting a kidney was a major surgical procedure requiring a large, painful incision.

The risks are not limited to surgery and the immediate aftermath. Some may not become apparent until much later. Although one kidney is more than enough for a healthy young person, serious medical problems may develop in the donor decades later when age and illness have compromised kidney function.

Because Leonard was not old enough to give legal consent, and because he desperately wanted to donate his kidney to his brother, his parents petitioned the courts for help. In Marsden v. Harrison, the court sided with Leonard in his desire to donate. The transplant was successful and both brothers did well. The case highlights the stringent standards that were used in the 1950’s to be sure that donors were not being pressured into giving kidneys against their own desires.

Note:This historic surgery was brought to my attention by Jean Bradford of Chicago, IL


February 5, 2013

Alumnus Passing - Carl Piersawl, Class of 1962

Carl Piersawl, passed away Feb. 1, 2013. He was the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Ervin Piersawl and was also preceded in death by Ella Piersawl, his wife of 46 years. Carl retired from Rockwell International in Winchester, KY, and was a member of First Baptist Church, Winchester, KY. He is survived by son, Kevin Piersawl; daughters, Carla Piersawl Warren and Dina Piersawl; daughter-in-law, Deanna; godchild, Patricia Herigan; and two grandkids, Jaxson and Gabriella Piersawl. Services 11am Fri, First Baptist Church, 37 N. Highland St, Winchester, KY 40391 by Marvin O. King. Burial following in Winchester Cemetery. Visitation 6-8pm Thurs at the church. Kerr Brothers, Harrodsburg Rd, handling arrangements.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Feb. 5, 2013


September 26, 2012


On Monday October 1, 2012 it will be 100 years since Lincoln Institute of Kentucky opened its doors.

In 1910, the Lincoln Foundation was established to oversee and manage the assets of the Lincoln Institute located in Lincoln Ridge. On October 1, 1912,Lincoln Institute opened its doors to eighty-five students. The first President was Dr. A. Eugene Thomson.

Below is an excerpt of an October 1912 ad in the Lincoln Institute Worker.


THE BIRTH STATE OF LINCOLN; the great emancipator


• Not ONE First-class Colored Normal School
• Not A PLACE where the Negro might learn a Trade
• Not A PLACE where he might learn Modern Agriculture


Lincoln Institute of Kentucky


Endowment - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $250,000.00

Land - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 441.81 acres

Buildings - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - --- 15

Systems - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Power, Heat, Water, Sewer

Student Capacity, 150 ----------- Ought to be 250


August 16, 2012

Whitney M Young Sr - 2012 Reunion "Distinguished Alumni"

At the recent reunion Dr. Young was honored posthumously with the first "Distinguuished Alumni Award." In his honor I wanted to share some of his words of wisdom from the President's Message to the Class of 1963.


“The wisest thing I would suppose
That a man could do for this land
Is the job that lies under his nose
With the tools that lie under his hand.”

Within this bit of poetry lies the true path of fame and fortune. From the dawn of civilization, man has vainly attempted to carve a place for his name in the hall of fame by using the other fellow’s tools or seeking the other fellow’s job. Carpenters have struggled to be sculptor’s; farmers have dreamed of becoming lawyer’s; housewives have longed to be social climbers; plumbers craved to be orators; cooks, maids, and butlers wanted to be millionaires; everyone knew he was born to be a teacher. All the while, the world was crying for good carpenters, good farmers, good plumbers, and a million other performers who rated as first-class in their chosen fields.

No man is without his tools, and there is a place for every man who is willing to use the tools God has given him. If you cannot sing, then sew; if you cannot sew, you may sell some useful products, be a clerk, a technician, beautician, a nurse, or a barber. What you are, so long as it is useful or serviceable to mankind, is not half as important as the fact that you are using the tools that lie under your hands.

As you leave Lincoln to take your place in the world, remember to do your work with a sense of pride that dignifies it. Make no apologies for tasks you perform, so long as it must be done. Strong men are in demand. Your job and tools are near at hand, and the world will greet you with open arms on the day you become a master in your art.

Whitney M Young

(Dr. Young will always carry a special place in the hearts of all Lincolnites)


April 20, 2012

National Lincoln Institute Alumni 2012 New Officers

On Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky a new slate of officers were elected to lead the organiaztion for the next 2 years. Congratulations to the new officers and a hearty thanks to all those leaving their offices for their past service.

President - Patricia Beckham - Shelbyville Chapter

Vice-president- Etta Coleman - Shelbyville Chapter

Treasurer- Herbert Dorsey -- Louisville Chapter

Financial Secretary- Shirley Mumphrey - Louisville Chapter

Recording Secretary - Carolyn J. Hampton - Lawrenceburg Chapter

Corresponding Secretary - Thelzeda Moore - Indianapolis Chapter

Parliamentarian - Lynn Beckham - Shelbyville Chapter

January 3, 2012


Working with Mr. Larry McDonald, President of the Lincoln Foundation we are having some success finding some artifacts that came up missing during the transition from a high school to the Job Corp. If you know the whereabouts of any trophies or other items which may belong in our archives we would appreciate hearing from you.

If you have photos that you would like to share copies with us, they would be appreciated. Any other items of Lincoln Institute interest would also be helpful in preserving our history. The items will be secured and made available for viewing at the Whitney M. Young House on the campus. Donors will be credited for any items made available.

Contact - Gary Brown (859) 621-9342 or email


*<Words of Wisdom - Dr. Whitney M.Young Sr.

"People who are good for excuses are good for nothing."

" It is better to be prepared for something better than not have it. Than to have it and not be prepared for it."

"Study to show thou self approved unto God,a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth."


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Alexander Garrison Class of 1969, born July 27th
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Joined the U.S.A.F day after graduation.

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