Interview with Lillian Butner, January 30, 1987

Project: Blacks in Kentucky Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Lillian Butner was a child during the 1919 race riot in Corbin, Kentucky. In this interview she discusses the riot, and why her family was unaffected by it. She talks about her grandfather, who owned several businesses and a large amount of property in the area. She talks about race relations in Corbin, London, and Laurel County, Kentucky, including her experiences as a teacher during integration, her family's work for the railroad, and the current acceptance of interracial marriages by the community, as well as the lynchings and other incidents of violence and racism against African Americans in the area.

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1987oh011_bk017

Interviewee Name

Lillian Butner

Interviewer Name

George C. Wright

Interview Date

1987-01-30

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Butner, Lillian Interview by George C. Wright. 30 Jan. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Butner, L. (1987, January 30). Interview by G. C. Wright. Blacks in Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Butner, Lillian, interview by George C. Wright. January 30, 1987, Blacks in Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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