Crossroad of East Third Street and Former Deweese Street

The intersection of Deweese and Third Streets in historic Lexington, Kentucky was once a booming center for businesses in what is now called the Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood. The new road, Elm Street, leaves Deweese Street as a side street that no longer intersects with Third Street. However, in the early twentieth century and in the Civil Rights Era, this street was a critical focal point for the African-American business community of Lexington. From insurance companies to clothing stores, entertainment to beauty shops and  grocery stores to funeral homes, the surrounding neighborhood was once a self sufficient community within itself. Those within the neighborhood could walk to do their shopping or to go out for a fun night on the town. Much has changed within the neighborhood, but two of these businesses has remained the same. The beauty shops and funeral homes in the neighborhood has withstood the trials of integration.

This group was comprised of three students at the University of Kentucky: Mary Kelley (Political Science), Claire Johns (Political Science), and Kyle Singleton (History). We hope you enjoy and comment on our group project and help further our work into the future! Also, feel free to join our class website as well!

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Pages in this Project Site:
Integration’s Effects on the MLK Neighborhood
Insurance Companies on Deweese Street
O.L. Hughes & Sons
Smith and Smith

Works Cited:
Hall, Wade. Passing for Black: The Life and Careers of Mae Street Kidd. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 1997.

Intelligent Media Ventures, LLC. Smith and Smith Funeral Home. 2007. (accessed October 17, 2010).

Klotter, James C., and Freda C Klotter. A Concise History of Kentucky. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2008.

Libraries, Reinette Jones & University of Kentucky. Notable Kentucky African Americans Database: Insurance Companies, Insurance Sales. 12 17, 2010. (accessed December 5, 2010).

Lyric Theatre. Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center. 2009. (accessed October 18, 2010).

MLK Neighborhood Association. Martin Luther King Neighborhood Association. 2010. (accessed November 2, 2010).

Webster, Alice. Personal interview by Kyle Singleton. December 7, 2010.

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