Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Mrs. Enoch Kem, June 13, 1983

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:14 - Night Riders' attack

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Partial Transcript: But they came to visit you?

Segment Synopsis: [Recording is of bad quality and much of the interview is indecipherable.] Mrs. Enoch Kem and an unidentified woman discuss their experiences living through an attack on their home by the Night Riders. Kem talks about her uncle being whipped by the attackers.

Keywords: Fires; Killing; Scraping plant beds; Shooting; Sisters; Tenant farmers; Uncles; Whipping; Windows

Subjects: Farm tenancy; Night Riders (Group); Tobacco farms--Kentucky

00:06:34 - Being shot at by the Night Riders

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Partial Transcript: When did they start shooting? Was that after?

Segment Synopsis: [Recording is of bad quality and much of the interview is indecipherable.] Kem and an unidentified woman talk more about the attack on their home by the Night Riders and coming home from a neighbor's house to hide in their home while the Night Riders were shooting. They talk about why someone may have joined the Night Riders.

Keywords: Age; Ambulances; Daughters; Fathers; Grandmothers; Hiding; Money; Neighbors; Shooting; Uncles; Whipping

Subjects: Night Riders (Group)

00:15:35 - Threats and killing

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Partial Transcript: And I don't know why they killed that man.

Segment Synopsis: [Recording is of bad quality and much of the interview is indecipherable.] Kem and an unidentified woman talk about how the Night Riders threatened other people in the town. They talk about people who may have been killed during the attacks.

Keywords: Ambulances; Bill Cunningham; Killing; Miller Hall (??); Shooting; Threats

Subjects: Night Riders (Group)

00:24:18 - A shooting

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Partial Transcript: When did they--did they arrest him for scraping the plant beds...

Segment Synopsis: [Recording is of bad quality and much of the interview is indecipherable.] Kem and an unidentified woman discuss a woman who shot at a man. They talk more about the Night Riders scraping the plant beds of other farmers.

Keywords: Beating; Brothers; Dogs; Edgar Oliver; Families; Farming; Jail; Mrs. Hallowell (??); Nephews; Scraping plant beds; Shooting; Sued

Subjects: Night Riders (Group); Tobacco farms--Kentucky; Violence

00:34:23 - Raid on Princeton, Kentucky / sharecroppers

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Partial Transcript: Did you ever remember anybody talking about the raid on Hopkin--on, uh, Princeton?

Segment Synopsis: [Recording is of bad quality and much of the interview is indecipherable.] Kem and an unidentified woman talk about the Night Riders' attack on Princeton, Kentucky and the tobacco warehouses that were burned down. They talk about the other farmers in the area and the practice of sharecropping.

Keywords: Burning warehouses; Crops; Fathers; Jail; Raids; Rustus Gray (??); Sisters

Subjects: Night Riders (Group); Sharecropping; Tobacco farms--Kentucky

00:40:18 - Dr. Amoss

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Partial Transcript: Did you ever hear of Dr. Amoss?

Segment Synopsis: [Recording is of bad quality and much of the interview is indecipherable.] Kem and an unidentified woman discuss whether Dr. Amoss was involved in the Night Riders' attacks.

Keywords: Cobb, Kentucky; Dr. David Amoss; Involvement; Tennessee

Subjects: Night Riders (Group)

00:43:39 - Other people who may have information about the Night Riders

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Partial Transcript: Can you think of anybody I should talk to, maybe? About the Night Riders? That would know anything?

Segment Synopsis: [Recording is of bad quality and much of the interview is indecipherable.] Kem and an unidentified woman discuss other people that they know who may be able to remember the incidents involving the Night Riders. The interview is concluded.

Subjects: Night Riders (Group)