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GCU receives grant for oral history project

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The Kentucky Oral History Commission recently announced that $18,723 in grant funds have been awarded to preserve Kentucky's stories. And Taylor County will receive $1,379 of that amount.

The awards preserve the stories of life in Kentucky by funding the collection of new oral history interviews and the preservation of existing ones.

Now in its 37 year, the KOHC, an agency of the Kentucky Historical Society, has helped document more than 30,000 interviews, from all 120 counties of the Commonwealth.

Greater Campbellsville United will receive $1,379 for its African American Heritage project. Wanda Washington is executive director.

GCU will facilitate oral history documentation with key individuals who are knowledgeable about African-American communities in Taylor and Adair counties.

The goal of the project is to learn about the cultural heritage of African Americans in the area, including where historic and current communities are located, how they have changed over time, influences in the local economics towards the job market, any history of civil rights activities and the dynamics of segregation and integration.

The interviews will be used to expand the existing African American Heritage Driving Tour of Taylor, Green and Adair county sites.

Upon completion, interviews will be accessible at the Kentucky Historical Society.

For more information on these and other oral history collections in Kentucky, visit passtheword.ky.gov.