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Elizabeth “Bettye” Thurmond, Hopkinsville, Ky. (1921-1989): Bettye Thurmond became the second executive director of the Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission in 1974, a position she held for 10 years. Mrs. Thurmond and her husband, Hal Thurmond, are known for helping to integrate housing, lunch counters and public schools in Christian County. The Thurmonds endured cross burnings on their lawn, bomb threats and loss of business because of their support for civil rights.
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