We want to tell the story about African Americans in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The story goes back to 1798 when two white men from Virginia, Robert and George Moore, founded Bowling Green.

Four years later, in 1802, the brothers donated part of their land to be used as a public square. The “Shake Rag” African American community developed around this square; and Union soldiers helped to build this thriving middle class community.

Fast forward from Shake Rag in 1802 to 2011. Shake Rag has been replaced by a historical marker. Bowling Green has its first African American mayor; and its 150th commemoration of the Civil War. From this day forward, members of the African American Museum/Bowling Green Area, will be ‘Keepers of the Culture.’