“By Parties Unknown” documentary about Russellville lynching to play this Saturday downtown

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – At The Capitol on Sept. 10, a free to the public documentary will be shown at 6 p.m. about south central Kentucky’s connection to the practice of lynching.

Michael Morrow, Director of the SEEK Museum in Russellville, collaborated with Western Kentucky University’s PBS and university academics to tell the story of Rufus Browder and others in the Russellville community back in 1908 who were victims of racism and mob violence.

Directed and produced by WKU’s PBS studio, the story of Rufus Browder is brought to light for some, over a century later. Josh Niedwick and Neil Purcell worked on this production for four years.

Niedwick said in his interview with News 40 that they are hoping to engender conversation in other communities around the nation to move toward a “healing process.”

Niedwick said this was one of the “heaviest” projects he’s ever worked on and it was not easy. He told us that it was a labor of dedication for him and that if he and PBS didn’t tell this local story, he was afraid it would never get out.

The mission of PBS is to represent the underrepresented and tell stories that might be looked over.