ShakeRag

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

ShakeRag Historic District, located along the north end of State Street in downtown Bowling Green, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in September of 2000. It’s Bowling Green’s first National Register District recognized for its significance to African American history.

Donnie Thompson has lived in ShakeRag for 61 years and will talk for days about the history of his community. One place Thompson remembers well is Cold Spot where the 101st from Fort Campbell would hang out, “back then you would think you were in the Army that’s how many soldiers were around here on the weekend.”

Another place Thompson remembers well is the Southern Queen Hotel where some familiar names stayed, “Ray Charles , Fats Domino, groups like that,” Thompson said.

The marginal boundaries of ShakeRag start from Fifth, Fourth, Third and First Streets including High Street, Park, Chestnut and State Street.


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