Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Ann Rice O'Hanlon & The Memorial Hall Mural

Family Background

Ann L. Rice was born June 21, 1908 in Ashland, KY. She was the daughter and oldest child of Salem J. and Mathilde Weigner Rice.  Salem J. Rice was a lawyer who was born in Kentucky. His wife Mathilde was born in New York. Prior to their marriage, Salem Rice had been a school teacher in Mason County, KY, where his family was located. Salem and Mathilde were married in Alameda County, CA, on May 4, 1907, and the couple moved to Kentucky where Ann Rice was born in 1908. The family then moved to California where Ann's sister, Dee Rice, was born in Berkeley.  The family returned to Lexington, KY, where Ann's three brothers were born.

Ann Rice's sister Dee married Cliff Amyx, who was chair of the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts.  Dee and Cliff Amyx were the parents of Tanya Amyx, the wife of Kentucky author, poet, and activist Wendell Berry.  Wendell Berry wrote a newspaper editorial about the Memorial Hall mural.


Berry, W. (2015, December 1). Is forgetting history the purpose of higher education? - Censors of the flagship [Letter to the editor]. Lexington Herald-Leader, p. 9A.

{The sources listed below are online in the Ancestry Library Edition database at the University of Kentucky Libraries.}

Index to Marriage Licenses and Certificates, No. 12, Alameda County, P. R., Record #240

1900 U.S. Federal Census

1910 U.S. Federal Census

1920 U.S. Federal Census

1940 U.S. Federal Census