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Fence separating races removed, 1974

Posted on February 6, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by
An eight-foot fence that separated blacks and whites since 1939 in the Blue Grass-Aspendale Housing Project comes down January 30, 1974. Taking down the barbed wire are, left to right, Jay Martin, Warren Gerton and Earl Osten, supervisor. Looking on are, left to right, residents, Mrs. Ruby Anderson and her son Steve; Mrs. Edith Hines, president of the Residents Council and Mrs. Lola Jones, also a council member. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

An eight-foot fence that had separated black and white residents of the Blue Grass-Aspendale Housing Project came down Jan. 30, 1974. Taking down the fence, which was topped with barbed wire, were, from left, Jay Martin, Warren Gerton and supervisor Earl Osten. Looking on, from left, were residents Ruby Anderson and her son Steve; Edith Hines, president of the residents council; and Lola Jones, also a council member. A story accompanying the photo referred to the fence as Lexington’s own “Berlin Wall.” The story quoted Leonard Hunt, the city’s housing director at the time,  as saying the fence was a symbol of segregation, “and we are seeking integration.” Hunt said the mayor at the time, Foster Pettit, was surprised to learn about the fence and its original intent. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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