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Blue Grass Army Depot Cemeteries, 1942-1994 | Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

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Title: Blue Grass Army Depot Cemeteries, 1942-1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Extent: 2.0 Folders

Date Acquired: 12/01/2016

Subjects: Blue Grass Army Depot (Ky.)

Languages: English

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In 1941 the United States Army began purchasing land to build the Blue Grass Ordnance Depot, now known as the Blue Grass Army Depot. The army purchased two tracts of land outside the boundaries of the Depot and contracted with Sidney E. Haigh Company to remove nearly 1700 graves from dozens of family cemeteries to these tracts. Cemetery A on Highway 421 was for 'white' reinternments, and Cemetery B on Speedwell Pike was for 'colored' reinternments. During this process the Army created a number of surveys and reports relating to the removal, and in the years to follow there have been many news articles and several lawsuits filed relating to the upkeep and maintenance of Cemetery A in particular. This artificial collection was created to provide improved access to these materials which have been scattered throughout various collections.

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Blue Grass Army Depot (Ky.)

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Repository: Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

Acquisition Source: various

Related Materials: United States House of Representatives, Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee 2, hearing on appropriations to the cemeteries. For more information please see https://eku.on.worldcat.org/oclc/897802633?databaseList=1708,638,2622.


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Item 1: A listing of bodies disinterred, transported and reinterred from the Bluegrass Ordnance Depot..., undatedAdd to your cart.
Copy of the report by Sidney E. Haigh Company inventorying each reinternment from the Blue Grass Army Depot to Cemetery A and B.
Item 2: Deed from Fred Ballew to Sidney E. Haigh, 8 Apr 1942Add to your cart.
Copy of a deed for property on Speedwell Pike, presumably for Cemetery B.
Item 3: News Clippings, 1973-1994Add to your cart.
Articles from local newspapers about the condition of the cemeteries. One clipping names the trustees for Cemetery A.
Item 4: Deposition of Thomas H. Hocker, 22 Apr 1994Add to your cart.
Deposition taken for the petitioner Joseph Ballew.
Item 5: Blue Grass Army Depot Cemetery AAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This page compiles information from several sources to get an inventory of the burials in Cemetery A.


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