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Alice Allison Dunnigan, Trailblazing African-American Journalist

Alice Allison Dunnigan (April 27, 1906 –May 6,1983), better known as Alice Dunnigan, was the first African- American female correspondent to receive White House credentials. She was also the first black female member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives press galleries. She covered Harry Truman’s 1948 presidential campaign, another first for an African-American female journalist.

A true trailblazer, Alice Dunnigan was known for her tough, forthright questions. Her gutsy approach led her from journalism into a position that spanned the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. It’s an exciting development that the Newseum in Washington, D.C. unveiled a life-size statue of her in 2018, honoring her contributions to American journalism.

Following a brief exhibit at the Newseum, the statue will be moved to Alice’s hometown of Russellville, Ky., where it will be installed on the grounds of the West Kentucky African American Heritage Center, a venue dedicated to the civil rights movement. Read More→

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