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Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community

Douglas A. Boyd


A small neighborhood in north Frankfort, Kentucky, Crawfish Bottom was located on fifty acres of swampy land along the Kentucky River. “Craw's” reputation for vice, violence, moral corruption, and unsanitary conditions made it a target for state funded urban renewal projects that replaced the neighborhood with Frankfort's Capital Plaza in the mid 1960s. This book traces the evolution of the controversial, yet close-knit community that saw 400 families ultimately displaced by urban renewal policies. Using oral histories and first-hand memories, this book not only provides a record of a vanished ... More

Keywords: oral history, community, identity, place, Frankfort, Kentucky, urban renewal, public memory, nostalgia, African Americans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813134086
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813134086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas A. Boyd, author