Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Durrad Smith, February 12, 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: --working for doctors George Wright and Benjamin Baker on their oral history project, The Black Church in Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Smith discusses his personal history from childhood to adulthood, including his involvement in First Baptist Church.

Keywords: Depression; Economics; First Baptist Church; Nicholasville (Ky.); Segregation

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Education.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Childhood

00:03:26 - Early history of First Baptist Church

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Partial Transcript: Could you give me some of the early history of, uh, First Baptist Church Nicholasville?

Segment Synopsis: Smith provides insight into the early history of the church from its founding, officers, ministers, and status as an African American church in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Keywords: Archer Steal; Charles Lewis; Dale Smith; Dick Williams; Employment; Henry Moore; J. T Haiden; John Mack; John Scott; Land ownership; Lewis Thompson; Louis Thompson; Mary Jane Wallace; Napoleon Price; Peter Johnson; Union church

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American neighborhoods; African Americans--Social conditions.; Segregation.

00:14:10 - Early memories of church

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Partial Transcript: As we said a few minutes ago, the early church in 1802...

Segment Synopsis: Smith continues to discuss the church's early history, as well as his earliest memory as a child in the church.

Keywords: Chestnut Street; Childhood; Community; Economics; J. W. Gibson; M. L Porter; Preaching; Service

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Social conditions.; Nicholasville (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.

00:21:05 - Church community / present minister

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Partial Transcript: Now Reverend R. H. Faulkner followed Reverend Hoard.

Segment Synopsis: Smith discusses the educational support he received from the church and the Black community. He also describes the changes and refurnishing of the church under the current minister.

Keywords: Black businesses; C. W. Thompson; Clay E. Mason; Community; Donald Crigner; Economics; Education; First Baptist Church; Frankfort; Fundraising; G. P. Russell; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; W. A. Jones; William Price; Youth

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American leadership; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Kentucky State University; Nicholasville (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.; Segregation in education.

00:43:07 - Church activities / Black ministers / involvement in the civil rights movement

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Partial Transcript: What activities was the church involved in years ago?

Segment Synopsis: Smith discusses the church's involvement in the community such as youth education, minster leadership, and active participation in the civil rights movement.

Keywords: Churches; Community; Education; Integration; Leadership; Protests; Racism

Subjects: African Americans--Civil rights; African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc.; African Americans--Politics and government; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; Discrimination in education.

00:48:21 - Black and White churches / problems in the Black community

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Partial Transcript: What kind of relationship has existed over the years between Black and White churches in Nicholasville?

Segment Synopsis: Smith discusses his perspective on the current relations between the Black and White churches in Nicholasville, and how the church approaches the issues in the Black community.

Keywords: Churches; Leadership; Ministers; Preaching; Racism

Subjects: African American neighborhoods; African Americans--Economic conditions.; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Segregation in education. Race relations--Kentucky