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OH088 Gracie Smith Oral History

Gracie Smith Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Night Riders

Series Number: OH088

Interviewee: Smith, Gracie

Interviewer: Susan Jones

Date interviewed: April 1973

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: July 15, 2010

Description: 1 sound disc (23 minutes)

Abstract: Gracie Smith was a child during the time the Knight Riders raided the Birmingham community of Marshall County, Kentucky. Her recollections are based upon personal experiences and hearsay from relatives. Smith describes the Night Riders attempts to force African Americans to leave Birmingham. She recalls guns being fired and raiders roaming the streets. Smith stated that she was never personally harassed by the Night Riders. She does mention a man named John Scrubs, whom she believed was killed by members of the Night Riders.

Biographical / Historical note: Gracie Smith was a child when the Night Riders raided the Birmingham community of Marshall County, Kentucky in 1908.

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:

Night Riders.

Marshall County (Ky.) – History.

Birmingham (Ky.) – History.

Research Notes: Abstract included with oral history. Audio quality is poor in some spots.