Status: Vol. V, Episode 8 (56:00 min), In progress – research and development phase

“The Hathaway Family: A Journey from Slavery to Civil Rights” presents the story of a remarkable African-American family who rose from bondage to become pioneering professionals in the ministry, education, healthcare and the arts. Through their journey, this one-hour documentary examines the extraordinary accomplishments of ordinary citizens during the early civil rights period in Kentucky. “The Hathaway Family” includes the development a documentary, companion website and educational materials as the seventh episode in The Kentucky Archaeology & Heritage Series, a collaborative project of Voyageur, The Kentucky Archaeological Survey, Kentucky Heritage Council and Kentucky Educational Television.

The Hathaway Family

Fundraising campaign update

Voyageur has raised $5,710 for the research and development phase of the Hathaway project through an IndieGoGo crowd funding campaign (July), general donations to First Giving and a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council.

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The Hathaway Family – trailer 

Kentucky Heritage Corps

Join the team! Voyageur and our allied scholars initiated an innovate approach to the research and production needed to create engaging, educational media with the establishment of the Kentucky Heritage Corps. Students from regional colleges are conducting vital research with scholars and the production team at archives, libraries and historical societies through Kentucky. Voyageur will periodically post research videos so viewers may get a “behind-the-scenes” view of this project as it develops.

Research Video 1

Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum: June 2, 2014

Research Video 2

African Cemetery No 2: June 14, 2014

Research Video 4

Berea College: June 26, 2014

Research Video 5

Berea College: October 30, 2014


Hathaway Family project fact sheet (pdf)

Hathaway Family profiles and other related articles are posted in the History section of the Davis Bottom companion website, which is maintained by The Kentucky Archaeological survey on the website of the Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky.

Hathaway Family biography (pdf).

Project Leaders and Advisors:

Thomas M. Law, Producer. Project Director, Kentucky Archaeology & Heritage Series, Voyageur Media Group, Inc. Yvonne Giles, Principal Scholar/Interviewee. Director, Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum, Lexington, Kentucky Alicestyne Turley, Ph.D., Primary Scholar/Interviewee. Director, Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education; Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, Berea College Tressa Brown, Advisor. Coordinator, Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, Kentucky Heritage Council Gwynn Henderson, Ph.D., Advisor. Education Coordinator/Senior Staff Archaeologist, Kentucky Archaeological Survey; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky David Pollack, Ph.D., Administrator/Advisor. Director,Kentucky Archaeological Survey; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky Reinette Jones, Advisor. Oral History Librarian and African American Studies Academic Liaison, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Brandon K. Slone, Advisor. Military Historian and Archivist, Military Records and Research Branch, Kentucky Department of Military Affairs Paul A. Tenkotte, Ph.D., Advisor.Professor of History and Director of the Center for Public History, Northern Kentucky University.

Institutional support:

Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum, Kentucky Archaeological Survey, Kentucky Heritage Council, Kentucky Humanities Council, Kentucky Educational Television, Berea College, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Voyageur Media Group, Inc.

Financial Support:

This educational media project is made possible with support from The Kentucky Humanities Council, the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, the Kentucky Heritage Council, Kentucky Educational Television, and Voyageur Media Group, Inc. KAS Logo_sm_300  New KHC logo vector  KYHumanitiesC_logo2_sm_300