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"What Happened to Jonesville?" Exhibit
  • Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 20232023-02-15
  • Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Location: WKU Downing Student Union, First FloorWKU Downing Student Union, First Floor

The "What Happened to Jonesville?" traveling exhibit features 15 panels that will be on display on February 15, 2023, on the first floor of the Downing Student Union and is open to the public. 

Jonesville was a vibrant African American community in Bowling Green from around 1881 to the 1960s. Although the buildings are gone and many of the people who lived there have passed on, their stories live on through former residents and their descendants. This exhibit explores and sheds light on their stories. 

This exhibit takes place exactly 59 years from the date recorded as a hearing from the Committee of Warren County Planning and Zoning Commission (February 15, 1964) for a proposed development plan.

This event is being presented by the WKU's Jonesville Reconciliation Workgroup. The exhibit is sponsored by the African American Heritage Council/Kentucky Heritage Council, WKU Department of History, WKU African American Studies Program, and WKU Potter College of Arts & Letters Quick Turn-Around Grants. 

Contact: Brent Bjorkman, brent.bjorkman@wku.edu and Saundra Ardrey, saundra.ardrey@wku.edu

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