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Colored Skating Rink (Paris, KY)

The City Board of Health closed the Paris Colored skating rink temporarily in 1908. Mayor James M. O'Brien issued a notice to the chief of police for the rink to be closed until further notice. The rink drew its nightly attendance from Bourbon County, which, along with several surrounding counties, had cases of smallpox. Closing the skating rink was a precaution that would hopefully prevent the spread of the disease to the entire community. For more see the articles "Vaccination in order" and "Colored skating rink closed" in The Bourbon News, 03/13/1908, p. 5.

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NKAA Source: The Bourbon news (newspaper)

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“Colored Skating Rink (Paris, KY),” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 28, 2020,

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