Miss Bennett’s Dream
April 08, 2014
As I perused Kentucky Explorer, a periodical in our collection, I noticed a nostalgic story about a remarkable humanitarian, Miss Sue Bennett. Miss Bennett had the dream of “illuminating some dark corner in the mountains with a school.” She devoted her life to philanthropy, being involved in the Methodist church as a Sunday School superintendent, and serving as a secretary of the Women’s Missionary Society. Unfortunately, Miss Sue died before her dream was realized. She didn’t get to see the birth of the school she had desired for Kentucky. On June 23, 1896, due to the efforts of Miss Belle Bennett, younger sister of Sue, the Sue Bennett Memorial School was dedicated. It continued operating for over 100 years, just closing its doors in 1998. Because of Miss Bennett’s dream, over 11,000 students have indeed found illumination in the halls of the Sue Bennett Memorial School.
What remarkable stories have you found in periodicals?
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