A Harder Road: Black Women Forge Their Own Path
Facing discrimination at the intersection of race and gender, Black women faced even more obstacles to education than white women. Though public schools were first established in Louisville in 1829, the first public school in Kentucky for Black students, Central Colored High School, was not open until 1873. Prior to this, informal systems of education were innovated in Black churches, abolitionist outposts, and community centers, often led by Black women. Though no longer outright illegal, educating Black children was considered “dangerous” by white communities, so many such schools were forced to operate in secrecy.