Interview with Karl M. Dawson, August 22, 1985

Project: Blacks in Kentucky Oral History Project

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Karl Dawson talks about growing up and living in Logan County, Kentucky and the interactions and relationships he had with African American people. He talks about growing up with an African American family who lived and worked on his family farm. Dawson would play with the kids while the adults would tend to the chores. Because of this, Dawson says he did not observe the same amount of prejudice or discrimination that was being felt throughout the South. However, Dawson does try to recall some details about a brutal lynching that took place in Logan County before he was born. Although the details are foggy, Dawson remembers hearing about the lynching tree and was always too scared to go by it. Dawson finishes by talking about some African American role models he has, including his friend and fellow farm owner. His friend was the only African American on the city council and helped for over 10 years.

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1985oh198_bk011

Interviewee Name

Karl M. Dawson

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

George C. Wright

Interview Date

1985-08-22

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Dawson, Karl M. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 22 Aug. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Dawson, K.M. (1985, August 22). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Blacks in Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Dawson, Karl M., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. August 22, 1985, Blacks in Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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