2018 Black History Month Virtual Exhibit



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  • Two African American men charged with sodomy in Caldwell County, KY, in 1909.
  • Kentucky Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the lower court, ruling that the Caldwell Circuit Court properly dismissed the indictment. Oral sex was not sodomy.
  • All charges were dismissed.
  • The case of C. H. Poindexter and Frank Moore is one of the earliest with African Americans challenging state sodomy laws.
  • Nothing more is known about the lives of C. H. Poindexter and Frank Moore.

For more information about the case, visit “Commonwealth v. Poindexter,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database.

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