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Dr. James Bond, Lawrenceburg/Louisville, Ky., (1863-1929). African American. Dr. Bond was born a slave in Woodford County, Ky., but rose to become one of Kentucky’s great educators and promoters of equality in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dr. Bond was a minister, teacher, and civil rights activist who spoke against discrimination in Kentucky and Tennessee, where he also lived and worked at Fisk Theological Seminary. Dr. Bond received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Berea College in Kentucky in 1892 – one of only 2000 African Americans in the country with a college degree at the time. He later received his Divinity degree from Oberlin College and a Doctorate degree from Berea College.
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