King Cholera in Covington, KY 1832-1873king cholera

NKY History Hour -  Wednesday, March 3, 6:30 p.m.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, epidemics of “King Cholera” struck fear in the hearts of people, no matter what their class in society. A person could be healthy in the morning and be dead from cholera by nightfall. It was called an equal opportunity kililer because neither the poor nor the wealthy were spared.

The cause was not known. Prevention was guesswork. Treatment was often bizarre. The only certainty was that death followed more usually than not.

 During the next NKY History Hour at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, author and retired attorney Arnold Taylor will discuss early misunderstandings of the cause and cure of cholera, the vague

notions that water had something to do with the disease, and the three cholera epidemics that Covington and Cincinnati endured. 

To register and participate in the free virtual presentation, presented by Behringer-Crawford Museum, CLICK HERE. Information on how to connect to the session will be sent after registration. The event is also streamed live on BCM’s Facebook page.

Arnold Taylor is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and University of Kentucky College of Law. He retired from his Northern Kentucky practice in January 2018. He is a director of the Kenton County Historical Society and past president and current director of the Covington Rotary Club. He is the author of: Rose, a Woman of Colour. A Slave’s Struggle for Freedom in the Courts of KentuckySuing for Freedom in KentuckyNamed Slaves in Kenton County Court RecordsFit to Drink. The History of Water Supply in Covington, Kentucky and 100 Years of Service Above Self. The History of the Rotary Club of Covington, Kentucky. He resides in Edgewood.

Hosted by Shane Noem and Tara Johnson-Noem, vice president of the BCM Board of Trustees, NKY History Hour is a weekly offering of Behringer-Crawford Museum focused on Northern Kentucky history, featuring local authors, historians and archaeologists. NKY History Hour presentations are currently free to the public but may become a BCM members-only benefit in the future. To support NKY History Hour and access many other entertaining and thought- provoking programs for free, join BCM today.


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