Women of the East End of Lexington

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Urban Renewal in Lexington

Memories of the Neighborhood

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A strong community starts with a commitment to values and beliefs held by those who reside in it.  In this case, the majority of the people who were vital in keeping the neighborhood together were women.  Most of what we do every day is so important to our growth and development but is taken for granted because it comes in a form that is natural.  The women of the East End were prominent figures.  They supplied the neighborhood with good children by being responsible mothers and nannies, keeping a watchful eye over their own children and others.  They were leaders in the forms of nurses, teachers, and community organizers.  They filled the halls of Constitution Elementary, the Charles Young Center, and the YWCA.

The women of the East End, although not extensively recorded in history books, and not often publicly recognized, accomplished a feat worthy of magnitude.  Together and through the use of micro-mobilization the women of the East End of Lexington proved that revitalizing a community begins with the people who live in it.


To have a more extensive knowledge of women’s roles in the East End of Lexington, click on the links below:

Neighborhood Memories from
Mrs. Joyce Hamilton Berry

Oral History Interview

Please cite as: Hamilton, Joyce Berry. Interview by Allan Adams. Digital recording. October 22, 2010. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

See also, “Joyce Hamilton Berry,” interview by Betsy Brinson (3/31/2000), The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY.

Neighborhood Memories from
Mrs. Audrey Grevious, president of Lexington chapter of NAACP
Pop-up Window with Video Clip of Oral History Interview with Dr. Betsy Brinson in 1999
You can also listen to Audrey Grevious in an interview by Betsy Brinson on April 13, 1999. The full transcript is available on the Kentucky Historical Society website.
And see the essay An Unsung Hero: Audrey Grevious by Larry Johnson of Lexington, Kentucky
Neighborhood Memories from
Mrs. Leona Searcy

Oral History Interview

Please cite as: “Searcy, Leora Juanita. Interview by Luke Donovan. Digital recording. December 2, 2010. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

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