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8th of August: Hopkinsville | Kentucky Life | KET

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Published on Feb 4, 2014

In Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Phillip Payne, who was involved with the famed 8th of August celebrations in nearby Crofton, Kentucky, traces their history in Christian County back to the beginning of the 20th century. The spirit of the 8th of August festival is kept alive today by the Minority Economic Development Initiative and its historic African-American business tour. The tour features 20 businesses and schools, some started by free slaves. Dave Shuffett climbs aboard a haywagon for a tour, with MEDI executive director Henry Snorton and Christian County historians William Turner and Matt Snorton serving as our guides.

The 8th of August is both an Emancipation celebration and a homecoming that has been a tradition since the 1860s.

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