Hopkinsville 'Rich' with African-American History

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- At one time, Hopkinsville was a place of more than 200 thriving black-owned businesses ran by doctors, lawyers, realtors and pharmacists.

There were also several African-American schools, including the Hopkinsville Male and Female College, now called the College of the Bible.

Some black churches sat corner to corner with nearly 25 clubs and juke joints, including the Chesterfield Lounge, which was frequented by Al Capone.

Today, many of these places are tucked away, rundown, unkempt or extinct.

The third annual Minority Economic Development Initiative African-American Historic Site Tour brought those pieces of history to the forefront and reminded a group of 20 citizens where black history in Hopkinsville began.

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