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Alice Allison Dunnigan

Alice Allison Dunnigan
Alice Allison Dunnigan

Ms. Dunnigan was born 1906 in Logan County the granddaughter of slaves and daughter of a sharecropper. At age 14 she began writing for the Owensboro Enterprise newspaper. She completed a teachers' course at the now known Kentucky State University before beginning her teaching career in segregated Todd County schools. She developed and published fact sheets and numerous books to chronicle historical contributions of black Kentuckians. She worked for U.S. Department of Labor as an information specialist. She was named Bureau Chief of the Associated Negro Press, was first black female member of the Senate and House of Representatives press galleries, elected to the Women's National Press Club, a White House correspondent and a member of President Truman's whistle-stop tour. She was named Education Consultant to the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity and became Associate Editor with the President's Commission on Youth Opportunity. She was later inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and honored in the "Kentucky Women Remembered" exhibit.