Centre College

Community Partners

Image: Henson Hotel and the bus station (now Burke's Bakery), northwest corner North Second and West Main Streets [DBCAAHS]

Image: Taxi Stands on South Second Street, about 1947 [DBCAAHS]

This project is a collaboration between two academic courses at Centre College and the Danville-Boyle County African American Historical Society. The first goal of the project is to expand an archive of oral history interviews with African-American residents of Danville and Boyle County, particularly around the subjects of urban renewal efforts and school desegregation in the twentieth century. Second, students will gain experience and confidence with interviewing, editing, archiving, and exhibit curation. The third goal is to give Centre College students an appreciation of social history in the place in which they currently live but often know little about. The work done in these courses will support a public exhibition on local Black history at the Norton Center for the Arts to be held over the course of the Fall 2022 semester. The exhibit will include selections from the newly-expanded oral history collection via listening booths, thematic sections that feature historic photographs and primary source documents, and host collection events for community members to contribute to the DBCAAHS collections.

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