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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.


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.


Governor Bert Combs explains the issue of the executive order to desegregate KY businesses

Governor Combs discusses the politics behind his issue of the executive order (more…)


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.


Gertrude Ridgel on after the 1964 March on Frankfort

Gertrude Ridgel discusses the aftermath in Frankfort following the 1964 Martin Luther King, Jr. led march on Kentucky’s capitol. Ridgel discusses continuing protests and the fight for desegregation.