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Eighth of August

Eighth of August

Experience the history and excitement of the Eighth of August weekend. Every year, African-Americans in parts of Western Kentucky and central Tennessee gather to celebrate Emancipation, a homecoming tradition begun in 1868.
S19 E9 Length 26:41 Premiere: 2.1.14

The Eighth of August

American independence is celebrated on the 4th of July, but many African-American communities in Western Kentucky also commemorate another day of freedom. The 8th of August is both an Emancipation celebration and a homecoming, and it’s been a tradition since the 1860s.
 

“Why is it important?” asked historian Nancy Dawson. “Because although things changed, there’s still so much work  that people have to do in term of race relations, in terms of diversity, in terms of understanding each other.

“And that’s on all sides of the fence. The enslavement is a part of American history. It’s not black history. It’s American history. Not a very fun part of American history. It doesn’t make us feel all warm and comfortable.”

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, is a widely celebrated Emancipation celebration, as is Jan. 1. So why is there an 8th of August celebration?

The origins are lost to time. Most newspapers didn’t cover African-American events in much detail, and oral histories vary from town to town. Some say the holiday began in Tennessee when Andrew Johnson, military governor of Union-controlled Tennessee and future president, freed his slaves on Aug. 8, 1863. Others say that news of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued on  Jan. 1, 1863, didn’t arrive in faraway communities until Aug. 8.

The 8th of August quickly became a homecoming event in many Western Kentucky counties, whose populations were roughly 40 percent African-American in the years after the Civil War. Thousands would flood trains and steamboats to return home to celebrate the 8th with family who never left the area.

The 8th of August is still celebrated today in towns where the older generation works to instill the tradition in the younger generation.

1. Hopkinsville: The famed 8th of August celebrations in Christian County can be traced to nearby Crofton in the beginning of the 20th century. The spirit of the festival is kept alive today by the Minority Economic Development Initiative, which sponsors a historic African-American business tour.  “A lot of those locations and sites that we’re visiting are from post-slaves that were part of Reconstruction era after the Civil War,” said Henry Snorton III.

2. Russellville: This Logan County town hosts what has become the largest of the celebrations in the state, partly because of the West Kentucky African American Heritage Museum, which draws tourists and returning family alike.

Organizer Paulette Smith said the celebration, with its music, basketball and softball tournament, and church services, helps knit the community together. “You should know who you are, where you’ve been and where you’re going, and this tells all of that,” she said.

3. Paducah: Paducah can trace its 8th of August history back to at least 1886. Betty Dobson, historian and manager of the historic Hotel Metropolitan, said that in the early 1900s, newspapers reported crowds of more than 10,000 coming in by rail and by steamboat. Paducah features a parade for the 8th of August. James Otis Trice Jr., the grand marshal in 2013, said it was an honor. “This is my 69th trip down to Paducah on the holiday. I don’t miss it,” he said.

4. Allensville: This Todd County community claims to have been celebrating the 8th of August the longest—since 1868. In 2013, Clarence Morton Sr. celebrated his 100th birthday on Aug. 8. Baseball games were the key component of the celebration, as Morton remembered. “My dad was a ballplayer, and he always come to play ball on the Eighth of August.”

Historians say the 8th of August was a celebration of freedom especially during the days of segregation. “I talked to a lot of elders of the community and they told me how important it was to be in a space  where you’re free, ” said Dawson. “And by that I mean free from any kind of racial tension, you know.”

Russellville community historian Michael A. Morrow said the 8th of August is a teaching opportunity and a celebration. “We come to celebrate the freedom and sacrifice of so many African Americans and so many other people to end slavery, and to bring people together, to show everybody that the important thing is that we get along as people,” he said.

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Chia; Regional Meals; Farmer Brown Tha' MC; Venerable Trees - S23 E13

Heartland Chia in Simpson County is developing a versatile crop; get a taste of Kentucky's regional dishes though Kentucky Tourism and chef Ouita Michel; Farmer Brown Tha' MC mixes rap, agriculture, and the classroom to make tasty jams; and tree huggers are welcome to support the work of Central Kentucky's Venerable Trees.

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Castle & Key; Children's Charity; Downtown La Grange; Mona Bismarck - S23 E14

Bourbon & Culture return to the Old Taylor Distillery in the form of Castle & Key, Children's Charity of the Bluegrass supports the work of dozens of charities, Doug tours charming La Grange in Oldham County, and the first American "Best Dressed Woman in the World" Mona Bismarck is celebrated again in Louisville.

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Refuge Ridge; Boundary Oak Distillery; Dippin' Dots - S23 E15

Howl with the wolves at Refuge Ridge in Whitley County, a new distillery has come to town in Radcliff's Boundary Oak Distillery, and the ice cream classic Dippin' Dots is still the coolest place in Paducah.

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Whiffle Ball; Treehouses; Life in Lynch; Football Rivalry - S24 E1

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Eagle Bend Alpacas; Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure; Kentucky By Design - S22 E8

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Heartbeats; Central Auto; Judy Drive-In - S24 E5

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Baker-Bird Winery; Botherum House; Minnie Adkins - S22 E7

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Missionaries of Charity; Grace Cafe; KSNPC Volunteers; Misfit Island - S22 E6

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Flag Retirement; Willa Brown Chappell; Saddlemaker Pete Harry; EKU Veterans - S22 E5

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Josephine Sculpture Park; Red Bird Mission; The Hilltoppers - S22 E4

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New Theme Song - Kentucky Bound; Glema Mahr Center for the Arts; Fort Ancient Native Americans - S22 E3

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eKAMI; Schneider's Candies; Barber Legacy - S24 E4

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Silver Run Ceramics; Maysville; Walt's Hitching Post; Columbus Belmont State Park - S22 E2

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Speed Museum; Kentucky Gateway Museum Center; Lake Cumberland; Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese - S22 E1

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Luthiers - Frank Neat, Bryan England, Neil Kendrick; Warren May - S21 E20

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Paducah Moonshine; Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Wald's Bicycles - S21 E19

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Baby Animals at Cincinnati Zoo; Swift Silver Mine; Horseshoeing School with Doug - S21 E18

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Makerspaces; Spinal Cord Injury; Frank Duveneck; Duncan Hines - S24 E3

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Firefighter Family; Mennonite Knife Maker; Striper Fishing - S21 E17

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PhbeaD; Doug's Baseball Highlights; Luthier Neil Kendrick - S21 E16

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Ken Grayson's Horse Memorabilia; Triple Crown Hopefuls - Old Friends; Gallopalooza - S21 E15

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The Crittenden Watch; Minor E Clark Fish Hatchery; Home Cafe & Marketplace; Elwyn Berlekamp - S21 E14

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Weavers Bottom Craft Studio; Luthiers - Bryan England; David Stephenson - S21 E13

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Central Kentucky Tours; Harden Coffee; Wigwam Village - S24 E2

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Mammoth Cave; Vaulting at Life Adventure Center; The Parklands of Floyds Fork - S21 E12

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Eminence Speaker; Luthiers - Frank Neat; Tee Dee's Blues Club - S21 E11

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Whiffle Ball; Treehouses; Life in Lynch; Football Rivalry - S24 E1

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Season 19 Episodes

Horsepowered: The Keeneland Concours d'Elegance

S19 E21 Length 27:26 Premiere Date 5.23.14

John Hunt Morgan

S19 E20 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 5.16.14

BB Riverboats; Fort Knox Gold; Rare White Thoroughbreds

S19 E19 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 5.9.14

Roscoe Goose; Churchill Downs; Mint Juleps; Zenyatta

S19 E18 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 5.4.14

Earth Day: Dawson Springs; Miguel's Pizza; GRIT magazine

S19 E17 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 4.18.14

The Great Saltpetre Cave; Cardome; a Native American Potter

S19 E16 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 4.11.14

Agility Dog Trainer; Louisa; Lexington Vintage Dance

S19 E15 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 4.4.14

Appalachian Art; Bodley-Bullock House; Master Wood Worker

S19 E14 Length 27:42 Premiere Date 3.28.14

Community Gardening; 100-Year-Old Barn; Greyhound Tavern

S19 E13 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 3.21.14

Marshall County Hoop Fest; State Parks Golf Trail

S19 E12 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 2.22.14

Presidents' Day; Historic Duel; Hodgenville

S19 E11 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 2.15.14

Hound Welfare Fund; Hot Browns; Roebling Bridge

S19 E10 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 2.8.14

Eighth of August

S19 E9 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 2.1.14

Motorcycle Museum; Drystone Wall Building; Jane's Saddlebag

S19 E8 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 1.25.14

Scuba Diving; Ken Swinson's Art; Bluegrass Music

S19 E7 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 11.23.13

Reintroducing Bees; Where is Daniel Boone Buried?

S19 E6 Length 26:42 Premiere Date 11.16.13

Veteran's Day Special

S19 E5 Length 26:42 Premiere Date 11.9.13

Haunts of Owensboro; The Whipps; Louisville Food Trucks

S19 E4 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 11.1.13

Lake Malone; Luthier Douglas Naselroad; ACT Pikeville

S19 E3 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 10.18.13

Maritime Education; Frances BBQ; Ruby Moon Vineyard

S19 E2 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 10.11.13

The Most Beautiful Town in America; Kenton County Markers

S19 E1 Length 26:01 Premiere Date 10.4.13

Hosts

Our Current Host, Doug Flynn

Doug Flynn, former Major League Baseball player and current Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, began as the host of Kentucky Life in the 21st season.

During an 11-year MLB career, Flynn won two world championships with the Reds and a Gold Glove award at second base for the New York Mets.

Doug was born and raised in Lexington and is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Hope for the Warriors and the American Association for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Athletics. He is a graduate of Somerset Community College, and a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dave Shuffett, Host for Seasons 6 – 20

As host of Kentucky Life from 1999 to 2015, Dave Shuffett received nine Emmy nominations for on-camera performance and producing.

Shuffett is a native of Greensburg and a graduate of Murray State University. From 1989 to 1995, he served as both host and producer of Kentucky Afield.

Dave joined Kentucky Life for the series’ sixth season, replacing former host Byron Crawford. Shuffett was always accompanied by one of his dogs and they frequently appeared as “co-hosts.”

Dave lives in rural Central Kentucky and is the author of “My Kentucky Life,” a collection of his photos and stories of people and places throughout the state.

Byron Crawford, Host for Seasons 1 – 5

Kentucky native Byron Crawford hosted the program from its debut in September 1995 through the summer of 1999.

He studied speech and broadcasting at Murray State University, then worked as a radio and television news reporter in Cincinnati and Louisville before beginning a newspaper career.

Byron wrote his “Kentucky Column” for the (Louisville) Courier-Journal from 1979 until 2008. Today he writes the back page column for Kentucky Living magazine.

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