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Robert McClure in Korea

Robert M. McClure describes the harsh conditions in which he and his unit lived in during the Korean War. He was part of the 1st Cavalry, 7th Regiment, 3rd Battalion.

More information on the complete interview, visit: http://passtheword.ky.gov/item/interview-robert-m-mcclure

04/26/17

Raymond Turley and the bombing of Pearl Harbor

Raymond Turley describes his personal experience on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii in 1941. Turley was eating breakfast in preparation for a day off base when the attack began.

More on this complete interview: http://passtheword.ky.gov/item/interview-raymond-turley

04/26/17

George Athey and the Spanish-American War

George Athey speaks briefly about his time in the military during the Spanish American War. He was stationed in the Philippians. From an interview conducted in 1973 in Cumberland County.

More information on this complete interview: http://passtheword.ky.gov/item/interview-george-athey-ora-booth-1

04/26/17

Ann Reynolds and Bill Meers of LaGrange, KY talk about growing up parallel to each other in a segregated community

Ann Reynolds and William “Bill” Meers discuss growing up in LaGrange, KY when it was a segregated community. They reflect on going to separate segregated schools (1 for white students and 1 for black students) and talk about the community in general during desegregation. Reynolds discusses attending the Lincoln Institute as a young woman and later Kentucky State University. Meers discusses attending Transylvania University and attending the 1964 civil rights march on Frankfort as a student there. He remembers finding a small group from LaGrange at the 1964 rally, of which a member was Reynolds’ mother.

Click here to download an essay from Bill Meers, ‘Bringing Everyone Together in Church:My Civil Rights Experience La Grange, Kentucky in the ‘60s’ in PDF format.

04/26/17

David Wilson on participating in the 1964 freedom march on Frankfort

David Wilson discusses being the only African American student at Georgetown College in 1964 and his choice to join the rally for civil rights in Frankfort. He talks about discouragement from faculty in attending the 1964 rally in Frankfort and his choice to come anyway.

04/26/17

Robert Estill on 1964 lobbying for legislation and the 1964 march on Frankfort

Robert Estill, the first chair of the Human Rights Commission, talks about lobbying efforts towards the 1964 public accommodations bill and the 1964 march on Frankfort that led up to the bill being introduced to the legislature.

04/26/17

Joe Graves talks about the public accommodations legislation group in 1963.

Joe Graves describes the founding of Kentuckians for Public accommodations Legislation in 1963. Including details about political support and logistics. This was leading up to the 1964 civil rights march on Frankfort in support of the passage of the public accommodations legislation.
Interview a part of the Kentucky Civil Rights Oral History Project from the Kentucky Historical Society collections.

04/26/17

Joe Graves remembers participating in the 1964 march on Frankfort

Joe Graves discusses his first experience demonstrating publicly at the 1964 civil rights march on Frankfort. He recalls his surroundings, the feeling of being watched, and watching other people around him.

04/26/17

Mattie Jones remembers participating in the 1964 march on Frankfort for civil rights in KY

This is a clip from an oral history interview with Mattie Jones about her decisions to join the protests leading up to and during the 1964 Martin Luther King, Jr. let march on Frankfort, KY. This clip is from the Kentucky civil rights oral history project at the Kentucky Historical Society.

04/26/17

Gertrude Ridgel discusses the 1964 March on Frankfort

Gertrude Ridgel remembers preparation and participation in the 1964 Martin Luther King, Jr., march on Frankfort for equality in public accommodations.

04/26/17
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