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Civil rights movement in Kentucky oral history project

Repository: Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Description (Extant): 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 Kentuckians who, in some capacity, participated in the movement. The individuals interviewed for the project offer narrative descriptions of life under segregation, their individual and collective participation in the struggle for equality and justice, and the process of integration specifically focusing on issues pertaining to housing, education, and public accommodations.

Access Copy Note: The online database/catalog provides access to audio and video excerpts, and over 10,000 pages of transcriptions, all of which are full-text searchable and can be sorted by county, by subject or by decade. The database includes University of Louisville interviews, so more interviews exist in the database than are part of the Kentucky Historical Society's project per se. Video is accessible via Windows Media Player. If you cannot access the video content, download the free player for both Mac and PC systems. Audio excerpts are encoded as .mp3 files which are compatible with most media players. The transcriptions are available through your internet browser, or by using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: Yes

Existing IDs: Call no 1999OH01

Extent: 155 audio recordings; 95 transcripts

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Interviews used for making the documentary Living the Story, an extension of this oral history project, are available at: See the separate database record on this collection.

Interviewees: Harold Alston, Lloyd Arnold, Mervin Aubespin, Howard Bailey, Joyce Hamilton Berry, George Boone, Julian Bond, Anne Braden, Edward T. Breathitt, Lucille Brooks, Alberta Brown, Anne Butler, Gail Cherry, Odessa Chestine, Mort Childress, Thomas Clark, Robert A. Coleman, Esther Costner, Julia Cowans, John Cranston, Jesse Crenshaw, Raoul Cunningham, Constance E. Ellison, George Esters, Rev. Robert Estill, Helen Fisher Frye, Betty Gabehart, Patricia George, Chris Gilkey, Joe Graves, Audrey Grevious, Ann Beard Grundy, Chester Grundy, Iola W. Harding, Rev. Wardelle Harvey, Morton Holbrook, James Howard, Blaine Hudson, Lillian Hudson, Gladman C. Humbles, Walter T. Hutchins, Daisy James, John Johnson, Nancy A. Johnson, Thelma Johnson, Loyal Jones, Mattie Jones, Eleanor Jordan, Grace Lewis, Ronald Lewis, George Logan, Abby Marlatt, Galen Martin, Clarence Mathews, Loraine Mathis, Dr. Frank Moxley, Marvinia Neblett, Mary Northington, Elizabeth Oberst, Don Offutt, Foster Petit, Rev. David Pettie, Thomas Platt, Suzy Post, Don Pratt, Porter G. Peeples, Georgia Davis Powers, John M. Purdy, Gertrude Rigdel, Sanford Roach, Samuel Robinson, Fanny Rosenbaum, Ricardo Sisney, Eric Tachau, Mary Talor, Newton Thomas, Mary Tisdale, William Turner, Catherine Warner, Lois Combs Weinberg, Charles Whitehead, F. E. Whitney, Charles Williams, Alice Wilson, Jennie Wilson

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


African Americans--Civil rights--Kentucky
Civil rights demonstrations
Civil rights movements--Kentucky
Discrimination in housing
School integration--Kentucky


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