Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Wardelle Harvey

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Wed, 08/16/2000




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Rev. Harvey tells of coming to serve a church in Paducah, then founding another one, starting the Non-Partisan League which worked toward the integration of public accommodations. He describes his decision, as a Black man, to attend a Ku Klux Klan Rally, where the permit required it to be open to the public. He tells of other KKK activities, but notes that they never got a foot hold in Paducah. Harvey tells how he was elected to be a City Commissioner by campaigning in the White community as well as the Black. He feels his biggest accomplishment was opening employment opportunities. Transcript available.

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