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Maud McKnight Lindsay

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Maud McKnight Lindsay (1874–1941) was an American educator. She is best known for being the founder of the first free kindergarten in Alabama, and a friend of Helen Keller. In 1995, she was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame.[1]


She was born on May 13, 1874, in Tuscumbia, Alabama, to Robert Burns Lindsay, a politician, and Sarah Miller Lindsay. She was the last of the family's nine children to be born. Maud was homeschooled before entering the Deshler Female Institute. As a child she was friends with Helen Keller.[2]

Lindsay learned from the kindergarten teacher Jeanne Pettit Cooper, and initially taught music at a kindergarten in Tuscumbia. In 1898, she founded, and became a teacher at the first free kindergarten in Alabama.[3]

Lindsay was also an author and poet. She published over 18 children books. The first was Mrs. Speckelty Hen.[2]

She was the third president of the Alabama Writers Conclave, and involved in several other clubs. Lindsay died on May 30, 1941.[2]


  1. ^ "Alabama Women's Hall of Fame - Maud McKnight Lindsay". www.awhf.org. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  2. ^ a b c The Alabama historical quarterly. George A. Smathers Libraries University of Florida. [Montgomery, Ala.] Alabama State Dept. of Archives and History. 1930. pp. 178–188.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Maud McKnight Lindsay | Encyclopedia of Alabama". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved 2017-11-03.