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Civil Rights Resources at KHS

The expansion of civil rights has taken and continues to take many forms. For Black History Month, KHS compiled a list of some of its resources that document the issue as it relates to African Americans in Kentucky.

Civil War Governors of Kentucky


Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


Historical Markers

  • Marker #2022 Desegregation of the University of Kentucky (Fayette County). In 1948, Lyman T. Johnson filed a federal lawsuit challenging the 1904 Day Law that barred African American and white students for attending the same school. Johnson’s lawsuit was successful and in 1949, Johnson entered graduate school at UK.
  • Marker #2355 Campaign to End Segregation in Louisville (Jefferson County). The marker highlights the important role that non-violent demonstrations played in ending legal segregation in Louisville.
  • Marker #2254 Civil Rights Struggle, 1954 (Jefferson County). The marker is placed at the site of the Wade Family home in the Shively neighborhood of Louisville. The Wade’s, an African American family, moved into the home in 1954 after the Bradens, a white family, helped purchase the house in the all-white neighborhood. The Wades were never able to live in the house because of threats and actual violence carried out to intimidate the family.
  • Marker #1419 Whitney M. Young Jr. (Shelby County). This marker celebrates the life of Whitney M. Young, Jr., a leader of the National Urban League in the 1960s. Young promoted non-violent protest tactics and supported economic development and open housing initiatives.
  • Marker #2158 Shake Rag (Warren County). This marker commemorates Shake Rag, an African American community in Bowling Green, founded in 1802. Originally a public square, the area grew into a vibrant community over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Kentucky Oral History Commission Collections

  • Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project In 1998, the Kentucky Oral History Commission launched this project to provide a more extensive base of primary resources from which to develop a deeper understanding of the history and legacy of the civil rights movement in Kentucky.
  • KyMEdia Bank, 1964 March on Frankfort retrospective site.




Archival Collections

  • Theodore Braun scrapbook 1953-1957 The collection consists of a scrapbook titled "A Henderson Log and Dialogue: Five Years in Henderson, Kentucky" documenting Theodore 'Ted' Braun's involvement in community matters and the Civil Rights Movement in Henderson, KY and the surrounding area in Western Kentucky.




Legislative Moments

The 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly included legislative moments around the theme “Civil War to Civil Rights.” The moments were produced by the Kentucky Historical Society, with support from the Legislative Research Commission.


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