Interview with Don Offutt, July 28, 1986

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Mr. Offutt recounts his family history, educational background and experiences, and the disadvantages experienced by African American students in segregated schools. He recalls the violence in Bowling Green, the "Shake-rag" and Kentucky Street sections in Bowling Green, the Mustang Inn, and the Tea Room. He talks about the black entertainers' "Chitlin Circuit", Roscoe "Cripple" King, and the Flamingo Club. Remarking on Judge Milligan and racism, he remembers establishing the first African American fraternity at Western Kentucky University, and differentiates between the social conditions at Kentucky State and those at Western Kentucky University. He recounts his employment experiences at the University of Kentucky in 1974, working for Congressman Larry Hopkins and for the Hunter Foundation. Mr. Offutt discusses the relationship between the African American community and the Republican party.

Interview Accession

1986oh213_kh342

Interviewee Name

Don Offutt

Interviewer Name

Ann Grundy

Interview Date

1986-07-28

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Offutt, Don Interview by Ann Grundy. 28 Jul. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Offutt, D. (1986, July 28). Interview by A. Grundy. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Offutt, Don, interview by Ann Grundy. July 28, 1986, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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