Evenings Upstairs: Segregation in Public Accommodation/ Cherokee Historic State Park

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Doors open 5:00 PM

Presented in partnership with WKMS

Clardy's presentation will discuss the legacy of segregation in the United States focusing on the Cherokee State Historic Park, which is situated on the banks of Kentucky Lake, adjacent to Kenlake State Park. The park was open from 1949-1963 as Kentucky’s only state park for its African American population during the Jim Crow Era. 

He will also show the short documentary, A Legacy Lost and Found in Recreation, a noted film about the history and legacy of Cherokee State Park. The Film features testimonies from visitors when it opened many years ago.

Dr. Brian Clardy is An Associate Professor of History at Murray State University. He lives in Murray, KY with his wife Sheila. He serves as chair of Kentucky Humanities. He is an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church and former Chair of the Kentucky Oral History Commission. 

All programs are free and open to the public