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OH040 John H. Burd Oral History

John H. Burd Oral History

Collection Title: West Kentucky History and Culture – Land Between the Lakes Series

Series Number: OH040

Interviewee: Burd, John H., 1905-

Interviewer: David Sullivan

Date interviewed: August 18, 1976

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: March 3, 2010

Description: 1 sound disc and 1 cassette tape - identical recordings (15 minutes)

Abstract: John Burd discusses his activities as a moonshine runner during the prohibition era in Graves and Trigg Counties, Kentucky.

Biographical / Historical note: John Burd was born in Graves County, Kentucky in 1905. He and his brother, Eddie Burd, were associated with distilling whisky during the prohibition era. During his youth he had learned the method to produce and sell moonshine. After his brother was shot and killed near Dublin, Kentucky in 1926, he made regular trips to the Land Between the Lakes to obtain drinking whiskey.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Burd, John H., 1905-

Burd, Edward T., d. 1926

Graves County (Ky.)

Land Between the Lakes (Ky. and Tenn.) – History.


Distilling, Illicit – Kentucky.

Prohibition – Kentucky.

Research Notes: Index and abstract included with oral history.