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OH082 Kirby Jennings Oral History

Kirby Jennings Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Night Riders

Series Number: OH082

Interviewee: Jennings, Kirby

Interviewer: Susan Jones

Date interviewed: September 19, 1973

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: July 15, 2010

Description: 1 sound disc (43 minutes)

Abstract: Kirby Jennings discusses articles located in the Murray Democrat related to the Night Riders of Calloway County, Kentucky. He mentions a letter that states Felix G. Ewing was the founder of the Night Riders. Jennings describes how the Night Riders never initiated any violence in Calloway County and that they were principally a non-violent organization. He discusses the governor sending military troops to Murray, Kentucky to maintain order. He concludes by telling a story of Jake Ellis, the only man to be charged with being a Night Rider in Calloway County.

Biographical / Historical Note: Kirby Jennings was the owner and editor of the Murray Democrat newspaper of Murray Kentucky from 1950s to 1975.

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:

Jennings, Kirby

Calloway County (Ky.) – History.

Murray (Ky.) – History.

Night Riders

Research Notes: Abstract and index included with oral history.