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“Unraveling the Twisted History of Kentucky Hemp” on Exhibit

at the Special Collections Research Center


In celebration of American Archives Month, the Special Collections Research Center presents the exhibition “Unraveling the Twisted History of Kentucky Hemp”  on display now through November in the Main Lobby of the UK Special Collections Research Center in the Margaret I. King Building.

Women in Hemp field taking photograph


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From keystone cash crop to banned substance surrounded in suspicion, hemp has long been a part of the Commonwealth’s story.  Its production defined much of the character and function of Kentucky’s slave economy, helped build downtown industrial districts, bolstered Kentucky’s efforts during World War II, and served as a key component of UK’s early Agricultural Extension program.  Today, as research poises the crop for revival, the exhibit highlights artifacts and collections which document hemp’s unique contribution to Kentucky history.


The Margaret I. King Library is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.