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Ralph Bunche National Historic District - Oral History Project (FA 457)

The following information comes from the organizational history and collection notes for Ralph Bunche National Historic District - Oral History Project (FA 457): "The Ralph Bunche National Historic District consists of approximately 136 buildings in an area of Glasgow, Kentucky bounded by East College Street, Landrum Street, Twyman Court and South Lewis Streets. The District is important for its association with Glasgow, Kentucky’s African American community. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 and its chief period of architectural significance runs from 1900 to 1974. The District contains residential, commercial and educational properties."

"This collection consists of thirty-one interviews done with African Americans related to the neighborhood contained within the Ralph Bunche National Historic District in Glasgow, Kentucky. Much of the interviews relate to family history and the Ralph Bunche School when it was still a segregated institution. The interviews were conducted by Lynne (Hammer) Ferguson. The interviewees discuss the importance of the school and church in the African American community, prejudice, segregation and integration, genealogy, social rites and customs, urban renewal, and general attitudes toward African Americans. The interviews also reveal information about African American culture in Glasgow with particular emphasis on things that occurred within the historic district. The interviews are on cassettes. This project was sponsored by the Kentucky Oral History Commission."

All items are available at Western Kentucky University, Manuscripts and Folklife Archives.

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“Ralph Bunche National Historic District - Oral History Project (FA 457),” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed August 17, 2019,

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