Berea College Faculty and Staff Recognized for Preservation by Madison County Historical Society


Sharon Graves with award recipient Dr. Jacqueline Burnside

(Photo: Brittany Lakes)

The Madison County Historical Society recently awarded certificates of recognition to Dr. Jacqueline Grigsby Burnside and staff members of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives.

Sharon Graves, president of the historical society, presented preservation awards at a brief outside ceremony on the steps of the Hutchins Library on the Berea College campus.

Burnside, a Berea College sociology professor, was recognized for her contributions to Madison County history as an author. Her book, Berea and Madison County, Kentucky, (a Blacks in America Series) is a nearly four-decade collection of photographs and stories related to Black communities in Peytontown, Farristown, Middletown, Bobtown and Richmond in Madison County, Ky.

The Berea College Special Collections and Archives was recognized for its significant contributions and long-standing efforts to collect, maintain and share its vision of “oneness,” of the Southern Appalachian Region and in particular Berea College and the City of Berea.

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Tags: Jackie Burnside, Madison County Historical Society, sociology department, Special Collections and Archives

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.