Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Ruth Ann Bryant

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Sat, 04/19/2014





Pioneer Cleaners, Philip and Ann Quincy West, Johnny James, Dr. Minier, Harrod Cleaners, Kale Duncan, Hall-Mack, Tolbert Bryanl, Haggin Hospital, Sandusky Mill, Henry and Gus Parks, Horace Cull, Emily Bryant, Forsylhe and W. Lexington Streets, Alberta Mays, Annis Hayes, Billie Jones, Robert McAfee, Condit Vanarsdall, Gem Store, Quincy-Bryant, Jeanella Taylor, Mary Helen Pillman, Nicodemus, Kansas, Robert Jackson, Caroline Quincy Wolford, Jim Pillman, Georgia Vickers, Ellzabelh Reed, A J Bradshaw, Dave Ingram, Bossy Moore, Wayman Institute, Gary Brown, Johnny Cunningham, Michael Vandyke, Eddie Chenault, Charlie Parks, Paul Parks, Gail Napier, Aunt Gravy's Restaurant, Red Pallerson, J 0 Short, Philip VanDyke, Deborah Brown, Anna Bryant, Joan Pope, Gail Walker, James Hayes, Carolyn Dunn, Hood's Market, Greenville Street, Apollo Night at Ragged Edge Theatre, Rozella Bryant, Marie Hunn, Lucien Hines, Frances Shorl, Fred Taylor, Green's Barber Shop, Nate Wilson, Bessie Henderson, Brother Tyree, Lincoln Institute, Pearson Spring, A J Reed, Tim Bryant, Emie Kelty, Billy Whitenack,

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111 minutes. Ms. Bryant describes her childhood and education in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, during the 1950's and 1960's. A published family historian, she discusses her family's connections to the Shakers at Pleasant Hill. She attended West Side School until the sixth grade; at that time she and her classmates were moved to the Harrodsburg school system due to desegregation. She discusses racial tensions and a cross-burning that occurred on school grounds during her Senior year. Recently retired from her 32 year career as dispatcher for the Harrodsburg Police Department, Ms. Bryant discusses three incidents that occurred during her tenure: (1) the killings outside the former police department building; (2) the shooting death of Roy Mardis, canine handler for the Lexington-Fayette County Police Department; and (3) the shooting death of Regina Nickles, the first policewoman to be killed in the line of duty in Kentucky. Bryant was born in Harrodsburg, KY in 1951. Her parents were Gertrude Bryant and William Parks. Other topics discussed include: Family Life for African Americans in Harrodsburg during the Civil Rights era; Shakertown at Pleasant Hill; SI. Peter's AME Church in Harrodsburg; Patrolwoman Regina Nickles; the first policewoman to be killed in the line of duty in Kentucky; West Side School,;Harrodsburg School; SI. Clair Community College in Dayton, Ohio; Integration and Racism

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