Danville-Boyle County African American  Historical Society
Defining Our Future By Remembering Our Past
Established 18 December 2013


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Who we are...
Our Mission Statement...
The 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.

We welcome everyone to support our mission, use our resources, participate in our programs, and become a member.

Our Bylaws, adopted 7 March 2014 (PDF File)

Dues - Adult $15.00, Student $5.00, payable to our Treasurer, 
Marthetta Clark, PO Box 1041, Danville, KY  40423


Next Meeting of the DBCAAHS, Tuesday, 14 October, 6:30 pm, St James AME Church

Events sponsored by Citizens Concerned for Human Relations of Danville:

Frank X Walker Literary Festival, 19-20 Sep 2014
(click to download program in PDF format)

“Created Equal:  America’s Civil Rights Struggle” Series
(click to download program in PDF format)
Events scheduled for 17, 18, 19 and 20 Sep
5-10 Oct, 2-8 Nov, 6-10 Jan 2015, 19 Jan 2015, 
8-14 Feb 2015, 12 Feb 2015, 23 Feb 2015 and 18-19 Mar 2015

Past Meetings and Events

Sunday, 24 August, Perryville, Rededication of the Amelia Sleet Burton School

Tuesday, 2 September 6:30 pm, EKU Danville Campus
Tim Talbott, of the Kentucky Historical Society, spoke on the topic, "Telling Testimony: Slavery Advertisements in Kentucky's Civil War Newspapers."  About 20 members and guests were in attendance, and learned about escaped slaves being jailed and sold at courthouses statewide, including several here in Boyle County, how Kentucky resisted implementation of the "Civil War Amendments", 13, 14 and 15.
Tim's "blog" website - http://randomthoughtsonhistory.blogspot.com/ - is a source of much fascinating information dealing with Kentucky history.

Sankofa can mean either the word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to " reach back and get it" (san - to return; ko - to go; fa - to look, to seek and take) or the Asante Adinkra symbols of a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back, or of a stylised heart shape. It is often associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which translates "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten."

Other Projects We're Working On

1.  The 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.

2.  Staff members from Special Collections at Eastern Kentucky University's library in Richmond, will be working with us 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.

3.  In the meantime, we have set up a website primarily for Bate School materials, at dbcaahs.omeka.net (no "www"

4.  Work continues on the Shelby City African American Cemetery.  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 Cemetery and its history in their teaching.

5.  Several of us are trying to organize an umbrella group which 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.



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