The Southern Historical Collection (SHC) has partnered with Karida Brown to create a participatory archive of documents, photographs, and artifacts relating to the rich history of the African American communities of Eastern Kentucky. The SHC is proud to preserve this history and to make these important resources available to future generations. Here is an overview of some of the materials the SHC has collected so far:

  • Digitized Yearbooks – includes several yearbooks for Lynch Colored High School, West Main High School, and Benham School.  All yearbooks have been digitized and may be viewed in their entirety online. Click here to read more…
  • Records of the Lynch Colored High School Alumni Association – includes hundreds of wonderful images documenting the history of the Lynch Colored High School (later West Main High School) in Lynch, Kentucky. Many of these images have been digitized and can be viewed online.  Click here to read more…

  • Eastern Kentucky Social Club Collection – includes records related to the Eastern Kentucky Social Club, a heritage organization which was founded in 1969 by African Americans who had migrated from the Kentucky mountains to Cleveland, Ohio.  By 2012 fifteen chapters in cities across the country had joined organization. The Club’s records 1970 to 2014 document the national organization of African Americans, activities of its chapters, and the annual reunions held during the Labor Day weekend since 1970.