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Former Lee-Itawamba Library director honored

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 5/07/2013 1:14 pm
NORMAN, Okla.  (WTVA) -- The former director of the Lee-Itawamba County System will be inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame.

Betty Ruth Kemp is one of five people being honored Tuesday night during a ceremony in Norman, Oklahoma.

Kemp was appointed to head the library system in 1974 and spent the next 18 years as the director.

The Northeast Mississippi Historical and Genealogical Society and the Friends of Lee County were both organized under her direction.

Kemp also helped raise funds for the renovation of the Lee Country Library when a Chickasaw collection was established for the Helen Foster Local History Room.

She spoke often on Chickasaw history and Native American geneological research in the area and helpd co-write a grant to fund archeology research in the Tupelo area.

She currently lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

Also being honored is Benson Pikey, who was born in Mississippi around 1837 but relocated to the Oklahoma Indian Territory in the Chickasaw Removal.

Pikey was a successful rancher and businessman and also served many years in the Chickasaw House of Representatives.

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