StoryCorps In Lexington

The StoryCorps mobile booth made its way through Lexington recently. We'll be posting highlights from the conversations here.

Military Man Humble About His Service To Country

May 23, 2017
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When the StoryCorps van came to Lexington, we made a point of reaching out to military veterans to share their stories with their families.  Natalie Wilkerson of Frankfort brought her 93-year-old grandfather Roy Gray and persuaded him to talk about his duties as a combat pilot in World War II and the Korean War, where he was also a POW, and later as an advisor in Vietnam.  Mr. Gray also talks about his friendship with two very famous NASA Astronauts.

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It’s been 10 years since Jesse Higginbotham, a student at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School died in a car crash while on his way to class.  Since that time the school has kept his memory alive through scholarships and a memorial garden.  Jesse’s parents have also established the non-profit Jesse Higgenbotham Technology Trust – in an effort to continue the work their son was so passionate about.  Jesse’s father Jerome Higgenbotham recently stopped by the Lexington StoryCorps booth to share fond memories of his tech-savy son and to talk about Jesse’s legacy, which includes helping disadvantaged families bridge the digital divide.

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25 year old Alex Elswick has taken on many identities in his young life…over-achieving student, promising baseball player, college dropout, and later a drug dealer and recovering addict.  Alex talks with his mother Shelley Elswick about hitting rock bottom, the toll his addiction took on their family, and the long and rocky road to recovery.  Listen each Tuesday morning at 7:45 for Conversations From The Lexington StoryCorps Booth on 91.3 WUKY.

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When was the last time you stopped to look at the world through the eyes of a child?  Spend the next few minutes listening to 12 year old Nathan Palley and his 10 year old sister Amanda and their recent conversation in the StoryCorps booth.  They take turns asking each other questions about their interests, books, and make believe scenarios.

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We begin our Story Corps series by hearing from one of Lexington’s more recent residents.  25 year old Abraham Ikando talks to his friend, Karissa Porter with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, about his journey as a Congolese refugee and how KRM helped him from feeling lost. In this excerpt Abraham talks about his passion for music, his friendship with Karissa, and how he still has hope for America in a time when refugees are vulnerable with the current administration.