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HON 101: Exploring Special Collections: Desegregation in Kentucky

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


Lyman T. Johnson was the first black to attend the University of Kentucky  in 1949. | Black history, History icon, African american history

These materials focus on the desegregation movement in Kentucky, both in public K-12 schools in the 1950's, and the desegregation of the University of Kentucky by Lyman T. Johnson in 1948/49. These include news clippings and opinion pieces from a variety of newspapers, as well as more in-depth information about how UK was desegregated.

- 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?

- How was Lyman T. Johnson memorialized or honored by the University? 


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

Desegregation Materials