Thursday, November 17, 2005

Kentucky Had its Own Rosa Parks

Recently, Rosa Parks, the woman who kept her seat on the bus in 1955 and became a symbol for civil rights, became the first woman and second black American to be buried in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Many people don't know, however, that Kentucky had its own Rosa Parks in the form of Rev. Elisha W. Green, who 70 years before Parks, also stood up, or rather remained seated, for his rights. On June 8, 1883, Rev. Green, a former slave, declined to give up his seat on a train to Paris from Millersburg, and was assaulted by several white men. Green was one of the first African-American ministers in Kentucky and founded the First African Baptist Church in Maysville (now Bethel Baptist Church) in 1848. Full Story

posted at 12:22 PM by Jeremy Parnell