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Published on Dec 8, 2012
In 2004, RFKinEKY reenacted Robert Kennedy's 1968 visit to Hazard, the county seat of Perry County where he visited Liberty Street, the center of the African American neighborhood. Mayor Willie Dawahare told him how they needed 10% more federal HUD funds to build new housing and pave Liberty Street. While in Hazard, RFK and congressman Carl Perkins also did a live television interview with Bill Gorman, who at that time owned a local TV station. In 2004 Bill Gorman was the mayor of Hazard, and during RFKinEKY he spoke at City Hall about this memorable meeting. RFK in EKY, The Robert F. Kennedy Performance Project, (2004) is a series of public conversations and art activities centered around the real-time, site-specific, intermedia performance recreating Robert Kennedy's 1968 two-day, 200 mile "poverty tour" of south-eastern Kentucky.