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HON 101: Exploring Special Collections: Slavery to the Civil Rights Movement

This online exercise showcases archival collections from the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. It is designed for use in HON 101 courses, as a virtual introduction to primary source research and archival materials.

About the Materials

The hurt and hope for healing at Cheapside

The materials in this section focuses on African American history in Kentucky, particularly the topics of slavery all the way to the burgeoning of the civil rights movement. Included are emancipation papers ("free papers") that freed African Americans carried in their pockets while living in Lexington. There is also information about the Civil Rights movement in Kentucky, most notably photographs from the Calvert McCann collection. There is also some information about the Memorial Hall mural on UK's campus.


- Record relevant information about the materials you looked at as a group. Include details like people, places, names, events, activities, etc.

- What knowledge do these materials provide about identity, community, and population, as well as how they are constructed? What is one thing you can conclude about these communities from the materials?

- Do you think these materials are important? Why were they kept or preserved?

- Take a few minutes to search online about the Memorial Hall mural. Were you aware of its existence on campus?


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Matthew Strandmark
110 M.I. King Library
UK Libraries
Lexington, KY 40506

Slavery/Civil Rights Materials