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Dr. Anne S. Butler, renowned African American and Kentucky Historian passed away Friday, May 3 at age 64 in her home. A Kentucky native born in Lincoln County, Stanford, Dr. Butler is widely respected for her service, scholarship and passion for her ground-breaking work in presenting, preserving local and national African American history and contribution. Her service career spans a period of 44 years in higher education, early childhood education, community engagement and outreach. Since 1996, Dr. Butler has distinctively served in two key posts at Kentucky State University, most recently as the Director of Regional Stewardship and Public Engagement and founding Director of the KSU, Center of Excellence for the Study of African Americans (CESKAA). She is a popular lecturer, frequently consulted by the media. She has participated in numerous television documentaries including ESPN's The Great Black Jockeys, The Underground Railroad in Kentucky, Kentucky Women and Public Service, and The African Presence in Kentucky. To read more visit clarklegacycenter.com. Visitation for "Dr. B" will be Thursday, May 9th, 6:00-9:00 pm at the Clark Legacy Center, 3000 Versailles Road, Frankfort KY. The Memorial Service will also be held at Clark Legacy on Friday, May 10th 11:00-1:00pm. On Saturday, May 11th, 9:00am, Dr. Butler will be awarded an honorary degree at the Kentucky State University Graduation. Survivors include son Marvin age 41, Olathe KS, daughter Jacqui, age 34, Lithonia, GA, adopted daughter Bemnet Fantu-Downes of NC, three grandchildren, Adonis, Remi and Brody, a sister Yvonne Campbell of LaGrange GA, 5 nephews and 5 nieces, and a tribe of loved ones, friends, and colleagues
Published in the Kentucky Enquirer on May 7, 2013