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Documentary: Davis Bottom: Rare History, Valuable Lives, Kentucky Theatre
October 19, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Davis Bottom, located in a narrow, swampy valley about a mile southwest of downtown Lexington, was named after Willard Davis, a land speculator and civil rights advocate. Since its establishment in 1865, Davis Bottom has not only served as a portal community for African American families, but also for many European immigrants and Appalachian families who migrated to Lexington during the Great Depression. Over the past 150 years, residents have made this small, tight-knit neighborhood a hidden model for racial diversity and community cohesion. Since the 2000s, the Davis Bottom community has been facing its greatest challenge with the construction of the Newtown Pike Extension, a roadway that has displaced many residents. The Lexington Community Land Trust was established in 2008 to address the need to create and preserve permanently affordable housing for the residents and other low-income Lexington families. The film was made possible with support from The Federal Highway Administration, The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, The Kentucky Heritage Council, and Voyageur Media Group, Inc."