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Resolution on death of Thomas Fountain Blue, Library Board of Trustees, November 20, 1935 Louisville Free Public Library Board of Trustees 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Digital Library Services, University of Kentucky Libraries Lexington, Kentucky LFP_rblue_1_05_02 These pages may freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Resolution on death of Thomas Fountain Blue, Library Board of Trustees, November 20, 1935 Louisville Free Public Library Board of Trustees Louisville Free Public Library Louisville, Ky 1935-11-20 Is Part of the Reverend Thomas F. Blue Papers, ca. 1905-1935 housed at the Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville, KY. This electronic text file was created by Optical Character Recognition (OCR). No corrections have been made to the OCR-ed text and no editing has been done to the content of the original document. Encoding has been done through an automated process using the recommendations for Level 1 of the TEI in Libraries Guidelines. Digital page images are linked to the text file. THOMAS FOUNTAIN BLUE March 6, 1866 - November 10, 1935 Resolution of the Library Board of Trustees, November 20, 1935 The death of Thomas F. Blue, Head of the Colored Department of the Louisville Free Public Library, has taken from the Library a trusted, loyal and highly competent administrator, and from the City of Louisville a recognized and respected leader in the civic, religious and educational life of the Colored People. Mr. Blue was born in Farmville, Virginia. He prepared for the ministry, graduating in 1888 from Hampton Institute, Virginia, with the degree of Bachelor of Divinity. Further theological training was pursued later at the Richmond Theological Seminary. Coming to Louisville in 1899 Mr. Blue assumed the Secretaryship of the Colored Branch of the local Young Men's Christian Association, filling this position with distinction until 1905. From 1905 until his death Ir. Blue served with outstanding success as librarian, achieving national recognition as a pioneer in this field of public service among Colored People. On September 23, 1905 Mr. Blue opened the first free public library for colored readers with colored attendants, a branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. In 1908 this branch moved to its new Carnegie building, being the first Carnegie free library for colored readers. In 1914 Mr. Blue opened Louisville's second Carnegie branch library for colored people. In 1919 Mr. Blue received professional distinction by appointment as Head of the newly organized Colored Department of the Louisville Free Public Library, and continued in this position until his death on November 10, 1935. No tribute to Mr. Blue would be complete without special mention of the position he achieved as religious leader. He never forsook the calling for which he first prepared himself, but continued throughout his life a preacher and active church leader. All civic and educational affairs that concerned the colored people of Louisville found never-failing interest and support in this true public servant and leader of his people. It is with genuine regret that the Board of Trustees of the Louisville Free Public Library notes the passing of Mr, Blue. This expression of its esteem is spread upon the minutes of its proceeding, by resolution adopted on November 20, 1935, with the request that copies be sent to the family of Mr. Blue conveying the Board's sympathy in their bereavement. On behalf of the Board of Trustees Louisville Free Public Library November 20, 1935