Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Roy M. Henry, January 22, 1979

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Personal background

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Partial Transcript: My name is Edward Owens. I'm working for doctors George Wright and Benjamin Baker on their oral history project, the--

Segment Synopsis: Henry discusses his personal background leading up to his involvement with First Baptist Church.

Keywords: Bardstown (Ky.); Church members; Churches; First Baptist Church; Ministers

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Religion.

00:04:56 - Founding of First Baptist Church

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Partial Transcript: When was First Baptist Church founded?

Segment Synopsis: Henry discusses the church's origins and history of the building. He also describes the history slavery and segregation in the local area.

Keywords: Blacks; Church buildings; Churches; Labor; Land; Reverend Clayton; Slavery; Union Church; Youth

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Segregation; Bardstown (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.; Religion; Slavery--United States.

00:16:37 - Ministers / church activities

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Partial Transcript: What, what can you tell me about some of the past ministers of First Baptist Bardstown?

Segment Synopsis: Henry discusses previous ministers and community involvement in the church. He also describes the few programs held with other church communities.

Keywords: Churches; Community; First Baptist Bardstown; Fundraising; Jack Morris; Leadership; Ministers; Reverend Clayton

Subjects: African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.

00:26:54 - Money / organizations / jobs

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Partial Transcript: Has, has the focus of the church changed?

Segment Synopsis: Henry discusses the church's true purpose, the short-term fix of some civil rights organizations, and the reality of open employment discrimination.

Keywords: Baptist; Community; Fundraising; Leadership; Ministers; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Racial limitations

Subjects: African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Employment.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Discrimination in employment.; Wages.

00:34:12 - Leaders in the community

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Partial Transcript: Is, is the negro minister still the leader in the negro community?

Segment Synopsis: As a minister, Henry provides perspective on the power and responsibility ministers hold within their communities.

Keywords: Blacks; Community; Education; Leadership; Military; Ministers

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Neighborhoods.

00:43:04 - Relationships between Black and White churches

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Partial Transcript: What, what kind of relationship has existed between the Black and White churches in Bardstown?

Segment Synopsis: Henry discusses his perspective on the relations between the Black and White churches. He also describes underlying racial limitations.

[Note: closing segment is inaudible from 45:53 to end.]

Keywords: Blacks churches; Class; Community; Education; Leadership; Ministers; Politics; Religion; White churches

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Segregation; Segregation in education.