African American book project gets new funds

A Kentucky philanthropist has donated enough money to keep the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia project going.

Tom Brumley, a former Central Kentucky banker, has provided the $15,000 necessary to keep the multi-faceted manuscript moving toward completion.

The project has been headed by University of Kentucky history professor Gerald Smith, who was working with other academics and graduate students to compile the state's first volume on the black experience in Kentucky.

The book will be published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2013, officials said. The project has cost about $300,000.

"We are extremely grateful for Mr. Brumley's very generous contribution," Smith said in a statement. "His support has breathed new life into the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia Project."