Tensions in Lexington

During numerous of her interviews, Audrey Grevious mentions the “ends” of the city of Lexington. The city, as explained by various resources, was undoubtedly segregated and divided socially by racial lines and more. The following interview clips address the tensions among the ends of the Lexington, as witnessed by Grevious. From her perspective, in the East End neighborhood, provides an important viewpoint from a crucial civil rights activist of the time.


During her interview on April 23, 1997 as part of the Blacks in Lexington Oral History Projecy, Audrey Grevious had the following to say about the tensions in Lexington:

“And there was a closeness there even within the school system even before, you know, integration and the moving away because…you towed the line because you knew that your parents or somebody in the neighborhood was going to run into that teacher somewhere sometimes during the day. And, it did…it did make a difference. And I feel like the generation now have lost out on that sort of thing. There’s not that closeness. There’s not that interweaving of cultures, of friendships, of anything.”

“We became…Lexington..even with all of the ends of town war, and they were not war, they were just friendly little confrontations, there were times when these activities were either at Charles Young Park or at the ballpark.”

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Hear  Ms. Grevious discuss to the effects of Desegregation within Lexington, Kentucky here.


Grevious describes growing up in Lexington using segregated facilities. Listen to the audio clip from the interview here.


Grevious talks about her experiences as a youth in Lexington going to the theatre to see a movie during segregation. View the video interview here.


Audrey Grevious describes growing up in a segregated society in a video interview. View the content here.


Grevious speaks on her experiences in this quote from the interview transcript:

“I think that even though it was segregated we were not really aware that, that was the condition during the time because we had our black businesses–oh,ahum,the schools were–ah, and everything was kind of a family like, you know, situation–did everything together you more or less lived–lived together. And we knew that things were different, but things were not so unpleasant during that time that we were rarely worried about it. I mean it was okay, you could do what you wanted to–go down the street to the grocery around the corner; to–to um, um visit friends. Our churches were naturally were right in the–in the neighborhood, and the schools–playgrounds. Ohum, we knew things were different, but were not necessarily unhappy with what it was because we didn’t know any better.”

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