Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM (EST)
The fifty acres of swampy land in North Frankfort, Kentucky, has had many names: “the lower part of the city,” “the Craw” or just “Craw,” “the Bottom” or just “Bottom.” Underneath the neighborhood’s reputation as “a rough class of people, who didn’t mind killing or being killed,” however, it had a vigor marked by a sense of belonging, friendships that defied racial segregation, and a cohesion that acted against the daily struggle of poverty.
In Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community, Douglas A. Boyd weaves together history, folklore, and geography to offer a compelling and sensitive meditation on a forgotten neighborhood and what it meant to those who knew it best.
Douglas A. Boyd, is the director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Boyd coedited Community Memories: A Glimpse of African American Life in Frankfort, Kentucky.
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The Filson Historical Society
The Filson has been collecting, preserving, and telling the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history and culture since 1884.