Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Morton Holbrook

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Fri, 06/09/2000

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1999OH01.46

Holbrook is an attorney who was Counsel for the Davies County School Board for 25 years. He describes many aspects of life in Owensboro, his relationship to Black children and adults as he grew up, Colored Town, school desegregation, changes in public accommodations. He tells how as a Harvard Law student he went to see the hanging of a Black man in Owensboro, so he could answer questions first hand. He describes his first case after law school in which he raised the Scottsboro issue, that Blacks had been systematically excluded from the jury panel. Blacks have served on juries since then In Kentucky. Transcript available.

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