Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Foster Pettit

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Wed, 03/15/2000




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Foster Petit describes his privileged background growing up in Lexington, attending boarding school in Virginia and the University of Virginia. He recalls signs of the segregated society of Lexington which, as a child, he did not think unusual. His military experience and law school experience expanded his awareness. He tells of his early law practice in Louisville and Lexington, of serving three terms in the state legislature and two terms as Mayor of Lexington at the time of the city and county governments merged. He recalls attitudes of various political leaders to the Civil Rights Movement and provides some details about the changing attitudes of state legislators regarding the Civil Rights bills. He gives his perspective on school integration and housing patterns in Lexington. Transcript available.

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