Danville Boyle County
African American Historical Society
108 North Second Street, Danville, KY  40422
PO Box 597, Danville, KY  40423

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Past Meetings and Events (Most Recent First)

Our exhibit at "Bate Night" basketball at Danville HS, 3 Feb 2023

Our exhibit, Norton Center, Centre College, 
Aug 2022 - May 2023


Constitution Square Festival, 17 Sep 2022
Soul of Second Street Festival, 27 Aug 2022

Soul of Second Street Festival, 10 Aug 2019
Emcee, Michael Ross


24 March 2019
Dedication of Historical Marker

Dr Mary Ellen Britton
St James AME Church

Dr Karen Cotton McDaniel, Rev Ralph Smith, Marsha Weinstein

Marsha Weinstein, Boyle County Judge Executive Howard Hunt, Rev Ralph Smith, Dr Karen Cotton McDaniel, Danville Mayor Mike Perros
Fifth Anniversary Celebration

15 December 2018

L-R, Betty White, Carolyn Prince, Barry Sanborn, Cindy Peck, Marthetta Clark, Wilma Brown, Chares Grey, Mike Denis, James Hunn, Edith Hunn, Ella Johnson; front, Bill Stocker, Michael Hughes
Soul of Second Street Festival and 
History Conference, 3-4 August 2018

Mary Sleet speaking to overflow crowd, Boyle County Public Library

William "Bunny" Davis by street artist, ARCY

20 Oct 2016 -- Historic Preservation Award Celebration
With Georgia de Araujo, Tom Poland, Betsy Hatfield, Michael Thomas Hughes and Heather Henson at St James AME Church

This local event, sponsored by Barbara Hulette, was to held to celebrate the historic preservation award received by the DBCAAHS for the Soul of Second Street celebration, particularly for those who could not attend the original presentation in Frankfort the week prior.

13 August 2016 -- Soul of Second Street 2016

Prints of 2nd Street, by Centre College student, Preetha Suresh

The Entertainment Stage, Blue Groove Jazz

Looking at the poster on the history of the Doric Lodge

Dr Betty Sue Griffin today, and as a little girl in the Jeep, 1940s

History Display, Orchid Girls

James Atkins, portraying Prof. John Bate

Enjoying the Music

15 July 2016 -- Good Blues Tonight

This original play, written by Robbie Henson of Pioneer Playhouse, honors the memories of Second Street in the 1950s.  Miss Kentucky, Clarke Davis, played the lead role, with Joshua Jerome as the male lead.  This play was the most heavily attended in the 60+ year history of Pioneer Playhouse, and will be adapted for a Lexington audience at the Lyric Theatre there in May 2017.

All photos courtesy of Pioneer Playhouse

8 August 2015 -- First Soul of Second Street Celebration

Kentucky's Emancipation Day at Constitution Square and Second Street.  Food, entertainment, an old-fashioned "Stone Soul Picnic" style festival in the park.  Hosted by Michael Hughes and his band.  Co-sponsored by Heart of Danville, and the DBCAAHS with a History Tent with displays of African-American heritage in Boyle County and Danville



4 August 2015 -- Roger Brucker on Stephen Bishop of Mammoth Cave

Roger W. Brucker is a cave explorer and author of books about caves.  He is most closely associated with Mammoth Cave, which he has been exploring and writing about since 1954.  Mr. Brucker is the author of several books on caves and caving, and in particular, Grand, Gloomy, and Peculiar: Stephen Bishop at Mammoth Cave.  Bishop was a slave who was the first significant explorer of the Cave.

26 Feb 2015

Black History Month at Kentucky School for the Deaf

Honoring Danville's Black Baseball Players


2 September 2014, 6:30 pm, Tim Talbott

From the Kentucky Historical Society, speaking on "Telling Testimony: Slavery Advertisements in Kentucky's Civil War Newspapers."  Members and guests learned about escaped slaves being jailed and sold at courthouses statewide, including several here in Boyle County, how Kentucky resisted implementation of the "Civil War Amendments", 13, 14 and 15.

24 August 2014, Perryville, 
Rededication of the Amelia Sleet Burton School

13 June 2014, "Juneteenth" at Danville High School

Traditionally, June 19 is celebrated as Emancipation Day throughout much of the US.  That was the day when former slaves in Galveston, TX, finally learned they were free.  "Juneteenth" is a contraction for "June Ninteenth".  This was Danville's first EVER celebration of emancipation.

Setting up displays and the Silent Auction

Setting up the Silent Auction

Membership and Information Table

Some of the dozens of displays

Cindy Peck adjusting a display

Some of the Displays

Michael Hughes, Opening Welcome

Ms. Betty White, Mistress of Ceremonies

Ms. Victoria Troxler's Beautiful Voice

Dr. Gerald Smith, Main Speaker

Socializing After Juneteenth
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