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 stuart.sanders@ky.gov for more information.


An 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.



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