Saturday, February 7, 2015

Exhibit draws attention to history of LGBTQ African Americans in Kentucky

The exhibit includes images of
Miss Kentucky 2010 Djuan Trent
"A Pictorial History of African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer Persons in Kentucky," a Black History Month Exhibit by the Special Collections Research Center, brings visibility to the history of LGBTQ people of color. This exhibit is free and open to the public throughout the month of February on the first floor of the Margaret I. King Library. Exhibit co-sponsors are the African American and Africana Studies Program and student organization Shades of Pride. 

The exhibit's images come from the collections of the SCRC and from loans by individuals and organizations. The earliest image is the text of the more than century-old Kentucky Court of Appeals case Commonwealth v. Poindexter from 1909. The exhibit also includes drag shows held at the Woodland Park Auditorium in the 1930s as well as activities of present-day organizations such as Bluegrass Black Pride and the campus student organization Shades of Pride.

For more information on this exhibit read the complete news release.

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