Segregation

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This collection began with the Kentucky Oral History Commission's effort to establish oral history programs in each of the state's 120 counties. County libraries worked with local volunteers to collect interviews. Since 1987, county oral histories have been generated primarily by...

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45 minutes. Ms. Mary Elizabeth Clay recalls going to the small African American library on Mero Street as well as her first day at Paul Sawyier Public Library. She discusses changes in PSPL during her fourteen years on the staff.

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The staff of the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer interviewed residents in the Owensboro area about their lives in the first half of this century. The interviews were collected to be excerpted in a special oral history series, A Generation Remembers, published in 1986. Topics include the floods of...

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The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project was a major statewide initiative to document, through oral history interviews, the struggle to end legal segregation in Kentucky between 1930 and 1975. Directed by oral historian Dr. Betsy Brinson, this series of interviews features...

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This project includes raw audio & video used to make the documentary Living the Story (an extension of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project.).The raw footage was also edited to create hour long videos highlighting some of the individuals interviewed for the Living the...

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These twelve interviews with Frankfort/Franklin County residents cover their family history in this area. Topics include local families, historic homes, streets, distilleries, entertainment, transportation, neighborhoods, race relations, African Americans, and settlers. Copyright Kentucky...

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60 minutes. Taylor discusses the African American community of Great Corssing, including the Great Crossing Rosenwald School. he also discusses the White Sulpher Afrian American community and the Wakinsville Rosenwald School. Taylor was born in 1918 to parents, Nellie Pence Taylor and Harrison...

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60 minutes. Margaret Bell Snell Stone was born in 1932 and retired as a cook from Kentucky State University. She is the daughter of Maggie Carter Snell and Frank Snell. Stone discusses attending the Watkinsville Rosenwald school and growing up in the upscale African American hamlet of Pea Ridge/...

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76 minutes. William (Billy) Wheat discusses a one-room school that has been turned into a private residence. He discusses travelling out of town to farm someone elses land and shares memories that African Americans were not allowed to eat inside a restaurant during segregation. His memories...

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65 minutes. Graves discusses his memories of Adair county, including being driven to school in a car because it was too far to walk. After serving in the military he moved to Louisville, Kentucky and worked on the Kentucky Indiana Railroad as a conductor. In retirement he owns the family farm he...

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