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Frankfort's 'Craw' oral history project

Repository: Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Description (CRHP): These interviews were conducted by James E. Wallace for his master's degree at the University of Kentucky. Douglas A. Boyd used the interviews for his book, "Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community" (University Press of Kentucky, 2011).

Collection Description (Extant): Between 1955 and 1972 Frankfort's 'Bottom' or 'Craw' community, an integrated working-class neighborhood, was systematically destroyed by the urban renewal process in the capital city. In a series of interviews former residents describe their experiences with urban renewal and the institutions, people, and events that defined their neighborhood and their daily existence. Among the topics covered are: urban renewal process, local businesses, residential housing conditions, race relations, prostitution, gambling, bootlegging, civil rights activities, African American education, and civic and community leaders.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1991

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: Call Number: 1992OH01

Extent: 39 sound cassettes (ca. 31 hr.): analog, mono

Language: English

Interviewees: James Calhoun, Evelyn Carroll, Maggie Knott, Henry Sanders, Margaret Ellis, Henry Ellis, James B. Ellis, Mary Helen Berry, William Isaac Fields, Henrietta Gill, James T. Graham, Helen Holmes, Ellsworth Marshall, Jr., Emma O'Nan, Linda Anderson, Alex Sanders, George Simmons, Anna Belle Williams

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American businesspeople
African American churches--Kentucky
African Americans--Kentucky
Civil rights movements--Kentucky
Frankfort (Ky.)
Kentucky--Race relations
Urban renewal


Sound recordings


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