From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

First Open Housing Ordinances in Kentucky

Bardstown and Nelson County, KY were the first in the state to adopt the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights' model open housing ordinance, which prohibited racial discrimination in housing, effective July 28, 1966. Covington and Kenton County were next to pass the ordinance, followed by Lexington and Fayette County.

Sources: A Kentucky Civil Rights Timeline, by KET (Kentucky Educational Television); Freedom on the Border, by C. Fosl and T. E. K'Meyer; and Beshear, Steven L.; Hindes, Thomas L.; Schryver, M. W.; and Stevenson, Richard O. (1967) "Open Housing Meets My Old Kentucky Home: A Study of Open Housing with Special Attention to Implications for Kentucky," Kentucky Law Journal: Vol. 56 (1967) : Iss. 1 , Article 4.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Nelson County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Kenton County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Fayette County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Bardstown, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Covington, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Lexington, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


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NKAA Source: Freedom on the border : an oral history of the civil rights movement in Kentucky

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“First Open Housing Ordinances in Kentucky,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 21, 2022,

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