Documenting Racial Violence in Kentucky refutes long-standing, but false claims that a milder form of racism existed in Kentucky than in other southern states. This project researches and develops biographies of every person who was lynched in Kentucky between 1880 and 1955 using historical tools like census record data, birth and death certificates, and newspaper articles.
It also encourages cooperation across the Commonwealth as community members come to terms with the events of the past, memorialize injustice, and encourage reconciliation.
The project provides undergraduate students with essential experiential learning and encourages career readiness. Student interns practice the detective work that archival research requires, learning to use microfilm, census records, court transcripts, city directories, property deeds and more, under the careful direction of professor advisors.
Contact: To speak with a specialist about Documenting Racial Violence in Kentucky, click here.
Fall 2021/Spring 2022
Faculty and staff team
Melanie Beals Goan, Ph.D., History Interns Supervisor and website content editor. Specialist in Kentucky history, Appalachian history, women and gender in Kentucky, healthcare, undergraduate career development.
Nikki Brown, Ph.D., Managing editor. Specialist in African Americans women’s history, race and visual culture, and long Civil Rights Movement of the 20th Century
Jennifer Hootman, MLIS, M.A., Librarian, Digital Design and Data Management. Specialist in Digital Scholarship, History
Lynn Roche Phillips, Ph.D. Geography Interns Superviser and website content editor. Specialist in cartography, ARC/GIS, sprawl, urban planning, growth management, political culture
Interns for academic year 2021-2022
Dilni Abeyrathne – ARC/GIS Undergraduate Director of Mapping; Major: Environmental & Sustainability Studies, Geography, International Studies
Shaina Belford – Research Co-Editor, Major: Philosophy, French
Qwenton Briggs – Research Co-Editor, Major: History. Graduated Spring 2021
Kayleigh Dayka – Research co-editor, Major: History
Gracie Henderson – Research Co-editor, Public Relations coordinator, Major: History
Joe Noce – Research Co-Editor, Major: History. Graduated Spring 2021
Sarah Roach – ARC/GIS, Story-Map content creator and editor, Major: Geography
Cameron Smith Research Co-Editor, Major: History, Philosophy
Fall 2022/Spring 2023
Fall 2022 History Undergraduates in the course, His 351/AAAS 400: History Detectives
Martin Alfaya – Research Co-Editor, Major: History. Graduation: Fall 2023
Taylor Biggs – Research Co-Editor, Major: ICT (Information, Communication, and Technology). Graduation: Spring 2023
Ethen Kestler – Research Co-Editor, Major: History. Graduation: Spring 2023
Elijah Odorizzi – Research Co-Editor, Major: Secondary Social Studies Education. Graduation: Fall 2023
Kiara Rizzuti – Research Co-Editor, Major: Secondary Social Studies Education. Graduation: Spring 2023