segregation

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.

06/25/17

Oliver High School graduation class (Winchester, Ky.)

Group portrait of eight women and four men dressed in graduation cap and gown, from 1945, labeled Oliver High School. Two other adults are standing in the middle of the group, a man and a woman, possibly teachers or administrators. Group is standing outside a brick building.Kentucky Historical Society collection.

06/25/17