Annual ‘Honoring Black Stories’ walk sparks important dialogue

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MIDWAY, Ky. (WTVQ) – For years, the stories went untold to broad audiences.

But now they are being shared, and it’s opening doors to important new discussions.

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Saturday was the second annual ‘Honoring Black Stories’ walk in Midway.

The event remembers the destruction of the Colored School in Midway in 1868.

It also honors African Americans who contributed to the community’s history. Now, 153 years later, it’s as relevant as ever.

“We’re in a day and time where not only is history being revealed, but also we’re still writing it, dealing with institutional racism, a lot of this coming out where we continue to see a pattern. When you think about things that happened in the past that weren’t told, we don’t get to understand history unless we can process it. When people are told about things, it helps us have awareness and conversations in ways that help heal the community as well as having recognition of things being told in all aspects,” explained Milan Bush, the organizer of the effort and leader of today’s 24-block walk.

Bush and her uncle, Rev. William Bush, are descendants of two former slaves – Alexander Campbell and Samuel Buckner – who were early leaders in the Colored Christian Church Movement which started the Second Christian Church in Midway in the mid 1800s.