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
Meeting of the DBCAAHS,
Tuesday, 7 October, 6:30 pm, Location TBA
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)
America’s Civil Rights Struggle” Series
to download program in PDF format)
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
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."
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.
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.
In the meantime, we have set up a website primarily for Bate School
materials, at dbcaahs.omeka.net
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
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.
Visit the pages below to get some sense of
African-American life was like before "urban renewal."