Western Kentucky University Honors its First Black Student

The board of regents at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green has approved the renaming of Northeast Hall to Munday Hall. The change honors Margaret Munday, the first African American student to enroll at the institution. Munday Hall will be the first building on campus named after an African American.

Munday attended Auburn Training School and Knob City High School in Russellville. She originally enrolled at what is now Kentucky State University, a historically Black educational institution in the state’s capital. On September 15, 1956, Munday transferred from Kentucky State and enrolled in classes in what was then Western Kentucky State College.

Mundy graduated in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in music. After graduation, Munday taught at the allBlack Johnstown School in Olmstead, Kentucky. In 1964, she became the first Black teacher at Auburn High  School and eventually taught at every school in the Logan County school system. In 1995, she retired after 35 years as a music educator.


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