Lyda “Gertrude” Ramey

October 1, 2010 in 1940s-1950s, Social history

I decided to research women in Kentucky’s history who have made some sort of impact, whether big or small and came across Lyda “Gertrude” Ramey.

When Lyda was a little girl her entire family died of influenza, leaving her alone and having to go from home to home as a foster child. As she got older she spoke out to legislatures about having a place for abandoned children to go other than jail or the poorhouse.

In 1944, Lyda opened the Ramey Home, housing 50 children who were abandoned. Over the years, over 3,000 children have stayed at the home. I found a great website that tells the true stories of some of the children that stayed at the home, so if you want to look at it here’s the link:

1 response to Lyda “Gertrude” Ramey

  1. What a great story! Thank you for finding out about her. I’m thinking it is important to imagine what kind of a role her leadership might have made in professions or efforts outside of formal educational institutions? Do you think she might have been part of political campaigns at some point? Did she do clubwork or church mission service? Was she active in philanthropy or volunteer efforts? So many questions….

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