Who we are...
Our Mission Statement...
Danville-Boyle County African American Historical Society is
committed to the collection, preservation, accessibility, promotion, and
communication of the history of the Danville-Boyle County African American
community. We believe our
responsibility is to ensure that our presence, existence, and contributions
provide the public knowledge that is essential for future generations to
understand and appreciate the African American heritage in this community.
welcome everyone to support our mission, use our resources, participate in our
programs, and become a member.
Bylaws, adopted 7 March 2014
- Adult $15.00, Student $5.00, payable to our Treasurer, Marthetta Clark, PO Box 1041, Danville, KY 40423
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can mean either the word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates
in English to "reach back and get it" or the Asante Adinkra
symbols of a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its
back. It is associated with the proverb, ôSe wo were fi na wosankofa a
yenkyi," which translates "It is not wrong to go back for that
which you have forgotten."
are going back and getting history before it is lost and forgotten.
Projects We're Working On
DBCAAHS will be having a presence at several events in Danville and Boyle County
over the next few months. We will be setting up displays which tell our
story. Look for announcements on the DBCAAHS
Facebook Page or on the "You
Might Be From Boyle County" Facebook Page.
We will be working on the best way to preserve, present, and
continue processing all the material that has been gathered concerning the Bate
School, its history and its students. The goal is to make the collection
available both online, and at some future DBCAAHS library/museum, probably to be
located at the EKU-Danville campus.
An ongoing project, collecting funeral programs and posting them on this
website, has now preserved over 1500 of these valuable documents -- thanks
to the hard work of Linda Warren. They are found at the "Funeral
Programs". We have added a few more programs found in a storage unit in Lincoln
continues on the Shelby City African American Cemetery, the Givens Cemetery
in Turnersville, Lincoln County, and the Hustonville African-American
Cemetery, Lincoln County. We also are exploring White Oak Cemetery,
KY-152 in Bryantsville, Garrard County. In addition, we
are in the first stages of developing an informational brochure, and a resource
guide for local teachers who wish to use the cemeteries and their history in their
We have organized the Central Kentucky African American Cemetery
Association, LLC, to coordinate preservation and restoration efforts for
all African American cemeteries in Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln and
Mercer Counties. This umbrella group would keep watch on the
African-American cemeteries in the area to prevent them from looking the way the
Shelby City cemetery did when we first began work there in October 2013.
The Facebook page for that group is at Central
Kentucky African-American Cemetery Association, LLC. Recently,
the CKAACA has obtained OWNERSHIP of the Shelby City African American
Cemetery, and a sign will be going up within the next few weeks.