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Published on Oct 24, 2009
PART 1 of an interview about Stephen Bishop, the slave who gained fame as a guide and explorer at Mammoth Cave in the early 19th century. Bishop made many important discoveries. His work helped pave the way for Mammoth Cave to become a national park a century later. Author Roger W. Brucker is one of the leading explorers of Mammoth Cave, and has written five books about cave exploration. This interview is from the television program "Northern Kentucky Magazine," hosted by Nancy James and Pat Crowley, on October 7, 2000. More information is available at www.rogerbrucker.com Note: Bishop was the first famous cave explorer in America, and Brucker considers him among three explorers who were pivotal in Mammoth Cave's history and the chain of events that led to it becoming a national park. The others were George Morrison and Floyd Collins.