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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.
Season 19 Episode 9 Length 26:41 Premiere: 02/01/14

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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Premiered On: 11/19/2016

Baker-Bird Winery in Augusta lays claim to the glory days of a historic Northern Kentucky winery, garden designer Jon Carloftis and Dale Fisher share the history and beauty of their restored 19th century home in downtown Lexington, and "Kentucky Life" revisits with famed folk artist Minnie Adkins.

  • Wednesday November 2, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Eagle Bend Alpacas; Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure; Kentucky By Design

Premiered On: 02/04/2017

Eagle Bend Alpacas is home to 150 alpacas in Boone County, Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure in Campton brings European climbing techniques to the Red River Gorge, and Kentucky By Design explores our state's arts and craft contributions to The Index of American Design.

  • Thursday November 3, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Louisville Zoo - Part 1; Col. Charles Young; Rosine

Premiered On: 02/11/2017

In the first of a three-part series, Doug visits the Louisville Zoo; a profile of accomplished African-American Col. Charles Young; and Rosine, Kentucky is the home of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and the Rosine Barn Jamboree.

  • Friday November 4, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River Dam State Park; Forest Giants

Premiered On: 04/20/2019

Kentucky's state dance is alive and well in Owensboro at the Lanham Brothers Jamboree; Hopkinsville is home to the nation's largest producer of bowling balls, at Ebonite International; the Falls of Rough and Rough River Dam are a vacationer's paradise; a Danish artist brings Forest Giants to the giant forest at Bernheim in Bullitt & Nelson counties.

  • Saturday November 5, 2022 8:00 pm ET on KET
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Haunted Louisville - Part 2; Doe-Anderson; Merle Travis; Justin Roberts - Walk the Willow - S21 E5

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

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Joe Bowen; Mammoth Bones; Banana Festival - S24 E8

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Martin's Fork; Dragon Boat Races; Tewes Poultry Farm - S21 E4

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The War of 1812 - S21 E3

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Today's Special - Dixie Chili and Diner; Coal Camps; Our Town - Columbia; Josh Samples - S20 E19

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

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The Lee Initiative; Candleberry Candles; Daniel Goff - S24 E7

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Princess Alice Gurielli & Dimitrie Berea; Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl. Airport; Todd Co. Marker; Lighthouse Landing - S20 E18

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Derby-Themed Program - S20 E16

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Outdoors-Themed Program - S20 E15

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Kentucky Mainstreet; Our Town-Booneville; Conrad-Caldwell House Museum; Historical Marker; Maysville's Gateway Museum Center - S20 E14

  • Monday September 19, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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The Crittenden Watch; Minor E Clark Fish Hatchery; Home Cafe & Marketplace; Elwyn Berlekamp - S21 E14

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Dancing Well; Purple Toad Winery; Paradise Point - S24 E6

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Downtown Paducah; Today's Special - Peak Bros. Bar-B-Que; Aaron Kizer; Warren Co. Marker; The Historic Railpark and Trail Museum - S20 E13

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Eastern Kentucky PRIDE - S20 E12

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Our Town-Bellevue; Chandler's-Today's Special; Susan & George Miller; St. Claire Medical Center; Sister Jeanne Francis Cleves - S20 E11

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Hotel Metropolitan; Cabin Creek Covered Bridge Marker; Emerald Ash Borer; Our Town - Hazard - S20 E10

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Old Airdrie; Himlerville; Sherman Cahal; Louisville Historic House - S20 E9

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

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

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"Sultana" Disaster; General Lloyd Tilghman Marker; Louisville's Mega Cavern; Kentucky Ingrained LLC - S20 E8

  • Friday September 9, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Jerry Bransford; Dr. Thomas Walker Markers; Eugene McMahan & Sons Furniture; Harper's Country Hams - S20 E7

  • Thursday September 8, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Painter Steve White; Downtown Paris; The Potter's Inn Bed and Breakfast; 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry - S20 E6

  • Wednesday September 7, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Veterans Day Program - S20 E5

  • Tuesday September 6, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Makerspaces; Spinal Cord Injury; Frank Duveneck; Duncan Hines - S24 E3

  • Monday September 5, 2022 7:00 pm ET on KET2
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Hitcents Park Plaza; The Kentucky Tragedy; Morehead State University; White Nose Syndrome - S20 E4

  • Monday September 5, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Mammoth Cave; Vaulting at Life Adventure Center; The Parklands of Floyds Fork - S21 E12

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

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

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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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