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Directory of African Americans in Lexington, Kentucky: 1893
Start Year : 1893
Compiled by Doris Wilkinson, the directory is part of the Project on the African American Heritage. A copy is available at the University of Kentucky Libraries' Special Collections.
Subjects: Directories
Geographic Region: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky

Free Persons of Color in Fayette County, Kentucky, 1838
Information taken from the Directory of the City of Lexington and County of Fayette For 1838 & '39, by J. P. B. Mac Cabe.
Subjects: Directories, Freedom
Geographic Region: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky

Free Persons of Color in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, 1859
Information taken from Lexington City Directory. Williams' Lexington Directory, City Guide, and Business Mirror, Volume 1 - 1859-60, compiled by C. S. Williams.
Subjects: Directories, Freedom
Geographic Region: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky

Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials
Start Year : 1969
The first issue of the Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials was published in 1969 by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Issues are available at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
Subjects: Directories
Geographic Region: Kentucky

Kentucky Minority Artists Directory 1982
Start Year : 1982
This directory was the result of a cooperative effort between the Renaissance Development Corporation, the Kentucky Arts Council and others. It was the first official documentation of minority artists in Kentucky. Kendrick Moore conducted a statewide survey to locate as many artists as possible for the publication. The first Minority Artists Conference in Kentucky was held in 1982. Available in the University of Kentucky Libraries' Lucille Little Fine Arts Library and Young Library reference collections: N6538.N5 K450 1982.
Subjects: Directories
Geographic Region: Kentucky

Key Newsjournal (newspaper)
Start Year : 2004
The Key Newsjournal newspaper was founded in 2003 by Patrice K. and LaMaughn Muhammad. The paper is published by LexTown Publications, a company also owned by the Muhammads. The newspaper, published biweekly, focuses on the African American population in Central Kentucky. Initially, the paper was available in Winchester, Richmond, Berea, Nicholasville, Frankfort, and Georgetown. The circulation region has expanded over the past five years. It is only the second of two newspapers in Lexington to focus on the African American community since the early 1900s. The other publication, Community Voice, ceased publication in 2001. In addition to the newspaper, Patrice Muhammad also has a radio show, Key Conversations, that is broadcast Sundays at 10 a.m. on Groovin 1580AM, also available online. LexTown Publications also publishes The Lexington and Central Kentucky Black Book, a resource directory. Patrice Muhammad is a native of Detroit, MI, and a graduate of Central State University. For more see R. Brim, "Paper to feature Black news," Lexington Herald-Leader, 01/15/2004, Business section, p. C1; and the Key Newsjournal website.
Subjects: Businesses, Directories, Journalists, Newspapers, Magazines, Book Publishers, Music Publishers, Radio, Migration South
Geographic Region: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky / Detroit, Michigan

Lexington (KY) City Directory - African Americans, 1818
Start Year : 1818
For the state of Kentucky, the earliest published city directory was probably Lexington's First City Directory published by Joseph Charless for the Year 1806. An individual's race was not noted in the directory, though there were free African Americans living in the city. Lexington's Second City Directory published by William Worsley and Thomas Smith for the Year 1818, has the names of four free African Americans, listed as "coloured": James Gatewood, a retailer of liquors on Market Street; Billy Gist of the Western Suburb; Peter Lewis on Market Street; and Henry Quarles on Short Street continued. According to an article in the Kentucky Reporter, 10/30/1820, p. 3, col. 4, the 1820 census of Lexington, KY, included 1,641 slaves and 115 free Colored persons.
Subjects: Directories, Slave Owners, Slaves, Free Blacks, Free Mulattoes in Kentucky, 1850-1870 [by county D-J]
Geographic Region: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky, City Directories
Start Year : 1832
End Year : 1990
The Louisville City Directories contain detailed information on businesses, government, churches, social, and educational organizations, and the residents of Louisville, KY. Available at the University of Louisville's Ekstrom Library's Special Collections. Several of the directories are also available at the University of Kentucky Libraries' Special Collections Library.
Subjects: Directories
Geographic Region: Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Negro Motorist Green Book (serial) and Kentucky
Start Year : 1936
End Year : 1964
The Negro Motorist Green Book provided African American travelers with the names and locations of businesses that welcomed their patronage. The book was published by Victor H. Green, a postal worker in New York. The first edition, in 1936, covered metropolitan New York only. In 1937 the book was developed into a national publication that covered the United States, and soon included Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and Alaska [not yet a state]. In the 1949 issue, the following Kentucky cities were listed: Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Hazard, Hopkinsville, Lancaster, Lexington, Lincoln Ridge, Louisville, Paducah, and Paris. During the 1950s the publication title changed to The Negro Travelers' Green Book, and the title changed again to Travelers' Green Book before the publication ceased in 1964. For more information see the Negro Motorist Green Book, 1949 issue online [.pdf] at the University of Michigan; and C. Mcgee, "The Open road wasn't quite open to all," New York Times, 08/22/2010, p. C1 [online].

Access Interview The Negro Motorist Green Book, 1949 edition [.pdf], University of Michigan.

  Search the Negro Travelers' Green Book, 1956 at the University Libraries, University of South Carolina website.
Subjects: Directories
Geographic Region: United States / Kentucky

 

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