Tuesday, 02 04, 2014
502-564-1792, ext. 4420
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2014) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS)
has released a new civil rights history tour on its “ExploreKYHistory”
smartphone app to highlight people and places associated with the Commonwealth’s
civil rights movement.
The 1950s and 1960s were pivotal decades for that movement in both
the nation and in Kentucky. In one of the movement’s highlights in Kentucky,
Martin Luther King Jr. and other national civil rights leaders in 1964 led a march
on Frankfort to protest segregation of public places.
As Kentucky nears the 50th anniversary of that event
March 5, the “Explore KY’s Civil Rights History” tour
provides a historic framework to show African-Americans’ struggle for
citizenship, respect, opportunity and equality in Kentucky. Tour topics range
from an annual fair in Lexington that promoted the achievements of black
communities as early as 1869 to the 1970 election of Luska Joseph Twyman in
Glasgow as the first African-American mayor in Kentucky.
It also includes the stories of such people as Anna Mac Clarke, a
Lawrenceburg native who was a pioneer in ending segregation in the military,
and Moneta J. Sleet Jr., a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer from Owensboro.
The “ExploreKYHistory” app is tied to the Kentucky
Historical Marker Program, which KHS administers in cooperation with the
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The app supplements information on historical
markers with related items in the KHS collections and community-submitted
images and stories into mapped points of interest.
Tour information also is online at explorekyhistory.ky.gov. The app
can be downloaded free from iTunes and Google Play.
Media can contact Stuart Sanders at 502-564-1792, ext.
4420 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more
agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the
Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping
people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the
present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the
Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information
about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.