Civil War Memory in Eastern Kentucky Is “Predominately White”

Anne E Marshall

in Reconstructing Appalachia

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125817
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135533 | DOI:
Civil War Memory in Eastern Kentucky Is “Predominately White”

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Jacqueline Duty, a defiant-looking teenager from Greenup Country, Kentucky, stood outside the federal courthouse in Lexington on a cold December day in 2004. She was wearing a strapless dress emblazoned from bust to toe with red, blue, and silver sequins in the shape of a Confederate battle flag. Duty, who did not have another dress to wear, decided to wear the dress and go anyway, and in doing so launched a chain of events that resulted in her filing suit against the Russell independent school district for violating her First Amendment rights to free speech and her right to “celebrate her heritage.” Duty's prom dress drama is one of several high-profile incidents involving Confederate symbolism to come out of eastern Kentucky in recent years.

Keywords: Jacqueline Duty; Lexington; Russell; heritage; symbolism

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Subjects: History of the Americas

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