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BSCTC to Present Charlotte Dupuy Chautauqua Lecture

BSCTC, Prestonsburg

The Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) Office of Cultural Diversity and the Library Seminar Series in conjunction with the Kentucky Chautauqua will present a performance of Charlotte Dupuy: Suing for Freedom at 9:25 a.m., Tuesday, February 2 in the Gearheart Auditorium on the Prestonsburg campus. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Charlotte Dupuy was born in 1787 in Cambridge, Maryland, to George and Rachel Stanley who were enslaved.  At the age of eight, Charlotte was sold for $100 and forced to leave her family.

Ten years later, Charlotte was brought to Kentucky and registered as a slave. While in Lexington, she met and married Aaron Dupuy, who was enslaved by Henry Clay and his wife, Lucretia. Charlotte was sold to the Clay family, allowing her and Aaron to live as husband and wife.

Charlotte spent her time with the Clay family carrying out household chores and caring for the Clay’s children, as well as raising her own children.  In 1825, the Clay family moved to Washington, D.C. as Henry Clay served as Secretary of State.  While there, Charlotte found a lawyer who filed papers for her and her children, suing for their freedom.

Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

(story provided by BSCTC)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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