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Frankfort in Franklin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Gone But Not Forgotten – Frankfort’s “Craw”

 
 
Gone But Not Forgotten – Frankfort’s “Craw” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 30, 2012
1. Gone But Not Forgotten – Frankfort’s “Craw” Marker
Inscription. The Capitol Plaza complex, a twenty-two-acre government, business, and civic mall adjacent to the Kentucky River covers an area of North Frankfort once referred to as the “Craw” or the “Bottom.” Following the Civil War an integrated, working-class neighborhood developed in this swampy, low-lying section of the city. At its height it encompassed approximately fifty acres and housed between 1,500 and 2,000 people. To those residing outside the “Craw,” “dance and drink” joints like the Blue Moon, Tiptoe Inn, and the Peach Tree Inn represented the vice, moral corruption, and unsanitary conditions supposedly rampant in the district.

In reality, most of the residents were law-abiding folk who enjoyed their neighborhood schools, churches, and friendships.

During the 1950s the North Franklin Slum Clearance and Redevelopment Agency, an urban-renewal initiative, began the effort to “revitalize the area.” By the mid-1960s urban renewal had scattered the “Craw’s” families and destroyed such local landmarks as the Mayo-Underwood School (1929-1963) and the American Legion Building.

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This 1940 view of the residential section of Wilkinson Street shows the former People’s Mission, second from the left. Kentucky Historical Society
Gone But Not Forgotten – Frankfort’s “Craw” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 30, 2012
2. Gone But Not Forgotten – Frankfort’s “Craw” Marker
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Mayo-Underwood School (ca. 1930) named in honor of Professor William H. Mayo and Dr. E.E. Underwood, served Frankfort’s African American community for over thirty years. The Capital Plaza Tower, at Wilkinson and Mero Streets, now occupies the corner where Mayo-Underwood once stood. Kentucky Historical Society Collection.

Constructed at the turn of the century, this three-story, cut-stone American Legion Building (ca. 1917), located at 429 Washington Street, served as a social and business center for the African American community. Kentucky Historical Society Collection.
 
Location. 38° 12.238′ N, 84° 52.703′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Wilkinson Boulevard (U.S. 421) north of West Plaza Connector Road (U.S. 127), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located along the Riverview Trail in Kentucky River View Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 404 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Hill Overlooking the Kentucky River (within shouting distance of this marker); Dry Stone Masonry in Kentucky (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Franks Ford, Fishtrap Island, and Craw (about 600 feet away); Locks and Dams (about 600 feet away); Amos Kendall (1789 - 1869) (approx. ¼ mile away); Old State House (approx. ¼ mile away); Emily Thomas Tubman House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Church of the Ascension (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Frankfort.
 
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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