Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Jean Higgs

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Thu, 05/06/1999




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Higgs moved around a lot, graduated from a Catholic high school in Chicago where there were Black history books available. She also heard stories of Black heritage at home. She was shocked by the segregation she experienced while visiting a church in Little Rock, Arkansas at age 13 and again when she came to Owensboro with her husband in 1957. Soon they settled in Chicago, only to return to Owensboro at the time of the '66 disturbances in Chicago. Her telephone company experience in Chicago helped her overcome the barrier she initially experienced is getting employed in Kentucky. Higgs tells of serving on the School Board and working for community change. Transcript available.

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