Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
This African American community was founded in the 1800s. Bordered by the river and High, Ky., and 7th Sts., the area grew to include hundreds of residents, two schools, businesses, and churches. The architecture of Shake Rag shows a growing middle-class community.
The lives of residents revolved around church, school, and family activities. The congregation that became State Street Baptist was organized in 1838. State Street School was founded in 1883; the Carver Center began in 1946. The Southern Queen Hotel served black travelers. Shake Rag is a reminder of progress residents made despite social and economic hardship.
Erected 2004 by the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2158.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 36° 59.931′ N, 86° 25.884′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of East 2nd Avenue and State Street, on the right when traveling east on East 2nd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 State Street, Bowling Green KY 42101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Ora Porter (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bowling Green & Warren County (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Barren River (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Limestone Bluffs (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Civil War in Bowling Green (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defending the L&N Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Civil War Defense Line (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
Also see . . . ShakeRag Historic District. (Submitted on May 16, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches, Etc. • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 16, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.