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OH077 Bennie Buchanan Oral History

Bennie Buchanan Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Night Riders

Series Number: OH077

Interviewee: Buchanan, Bennie

Interviewer: William Fetcher

Date interviewed: December 28 & 29, 1973

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: July 15, 2010

Description: 1 sound disc (13 minutes)

Abstract: Bennie Buchanan discusses the membership of the Night Riders at Princeton, Kentucky and their activities in the region. She describes the Night Riders tearing up tobacco fields and physically injuring farmers. She recalled a young man named Holloway who was drowned by the Night Riders at a place called Becky's Hole and when the tobacco warehouse at Princeton was burned to the ground. Buchanan also mentions the Night Riders attempt to burn her family's home. The interview concludes with her discussing two men that were shot at the courthouse for a crime they did not commit.

Biographical / Historical note: Bennie Buchanan was a lifelong resident of Caldwell County.

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:

Buchanan, Bennie

Princeton (Ky.) – History.

Caldwell County (Ky.) – History.

Night Riders

Research Notes: Abstract included with oral history.