Davis Bottom: Rare History, Valuable Lives

​"Davis Bottom:  Rare History, Valuable LIves" reveals discoveries made by a team of scholars about a small, working-class neighborhood established just south of downtown Lexington in 1865.  This documentary is presented in three, chronological segments:  "Establishment" (1860s thru 1890s) - Discover surprising details about the establishment of Davis Bottom, including the "radical" politics of Willard Davis, the leadership of a Union Army veteran, and the daily lives of some of the first residents to call this neighborhood home, "The Second Generation" (1900s thru 1940s) - Learn about the second generation of residents in Davis Bottom, including the architecture of shotgun houses, the history of area schools, churches, and industries, the legacy of renowned artist Isaac Scott Hathaway, and "Living Memories" (1950s thru present) - See how Davis Bottom remained a strong, safe, diverse and tight-knit neighborhood through remarkable oral history interviews and family photographs generously provided by current and former residents.


Davis Bottom (Full Video)



Opening Sequence (Full Video)



Establishment (1860s-1890s)



Second Generation (1900s-1940s)



Living Memories (1950s-Present)



Closing Sequence


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