2018 Black History Month Virtual Exhibit



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  • William M. Bowles, better known as Mr. Willie.
  • From Tallapoosa, GA. Moved to Lexington, KY when a teen.
  • Performed drag at the Lexington Lyric during the 1950s.
  • U.S. Army veteran.
  • Played piano for many years at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church in Lexington.
  • Recognized for his contributions to the drag culture at Reflections: a Drag Show held 2017 at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center.

For more information about William M. Bowles's life, accomplishments, and impact, visit Jones, Reinette F. “The Envy of the Town.” LinQ 39, no. 4 (2017): 16. https://issuu.com/linqbypcso/docs/linq-april2017_final

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Presented by Bluegrass Black Pride, Inc.


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