Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Iola Harding

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Tue, 08/08/2000

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1999OH01.57

Iola Harding, who now lives in New Mexico, describes her ancestor's from slavery to interracial marriages which included owing considerable farm land in Casey County. She recalls growing up in the 30's in this rural environment in the last Black family in the area. She received degrees at Kentucky State and the University of Kentucky, along with her husband who went to UK Law School, while both worked at the Narcotic Hospital. She tells of experiencing housing discrimination, about the lack of encouragement as a graduate student and of being invited to pour tea at President Dickey's home. She and her husband participated in some early protest activity and she broke the color line with AAUW. Transcript available.

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