Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with William Turner & Chris Gilkey

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Thu, 06/08/2000




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Turner is a local white historian and gives an overview of the agricultural economy and social attitudes of segregated Hopkinsville, as well as recalling his own memories of segregated public services in the 40's and 50's. He tells about the building of segregated parks and swimming pools, and about churches becoming segregated. Turner tells stories about how the African American community shifted from being Republican to being Democratic early in the 20th century. His student, Gilkey, speaks of his interest in the history of segregation and integration. He recalls beginning to learn about Civil Rights in the 5th grade in 1987 and his desire to be a historian. Transcript available.

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