The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
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: http://khscatalog.kyvl.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=39934
Digital Status: Partial
Existing IDs: Call Number: 1992OH01
Extent: 39 sound cassettes (ca. 31 hr.): analog, mono
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
Civil rights movements--Kentucky