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  1. History Mystery: The Mule Derby at Renfro Valley

    History Mystery: The Mule Derby at Renfro Valley

    On this, the last day of May in Kentucky, we are closing out Derby month with these two talented ladies on mules. Apparently, they were the winners at a “Mule Derby” held at Renfro Valley in Rockcastle County. Our mystery not only lies with the identity of these two derby winners, but also in the event itself. We understand that Renfro Valley still holds a mule related event each fall known as “Mule Days” – but is a mule derby still part of the tradition – is it connected to the current Mule Days at all? The photos looks to...

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  2. Book Notes – On a Burning Deck. The Road to Akron & Return to Akron

    Book Notes – On a Burning Deck. The Road to Akron & Return to Akron

    On a Burning Deck. The Road to Akron. An Oral History of the Great Migration vol. 1. & On a Burning Deck: Return to Akron. By Tom Jones. (2017. Pp. 298. $18.95. Paperback. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform: http://www.onaburningdeck.com/) ISBN: 978-1-5440-2537-7 & 978-1545565766. Akron, Ohio native Tom Jones presents a fascinating story of the early twentieth century Great Migration in his book On a Burning Deck. The Road to Akron. An Oral History of the Great Migration vol. 1. Jones asserts that of the hundreds of thousands of people who made the trek from Appalachia in order to work in the rubber...

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  3. Book Notes – Before Abolition: African-Americans in early Clark County, Kentucky

    Book Notes – Before Abolition: African-Americans in early Clark County, Kentucky

    Before Abolition: African-Americans in early Clark County, Kentucky. By Lyndon Comstock. (2017. Pp. 812. $26.95. Paperback. Lexington: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.) ISBN: 978-1-9740-9411-0. The rising interest in genealogy can’t be understated. It’s the second most popular hobby in the United States, the second most visited type of website, and is the subject of countless television shows, books, blogs, and web-series. There is a wealth of resources available for both novice and professional aficionados, but African-Americans face unique problems when researching their genealogies, ones which stem from gaps in history, whether hidden from or lost to those who seek to find...

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  4. Collections Corner: The Green Hill Cemetery Research Collection

    Collections Corner: The Green Hill Cemetery Research Collection

    Collections Corner: Greenhill Cemetery Research Collection – MSS 247 Kentucky is a state with a rich and complex past, and Greenhill Cemetery plays an important part in commemorating that history. The cemetery, located in Frankfort, was established in 1865 and has since been the burial place for much of Franklin County’s African-American community. Greenhill is also home to the Kentucky African-American Civil War Memorial, which is one of only four monuments dedicated to African-American troops in the country. The memorial lists 142 names inscribed in a limestone pillar with the dedication: “In Memory of the Colored Soldiers Franklin County, Kentucky Who...

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