Deep within Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park, one can find so much more than rock formations. The shale-capped mass of 400 known miles of caverns holds the history of America, told by the Black enslaved cave guides that made it one of the country's top tourist attractions, then and now.
In Kentucky, a Family at the Center of the EarthA 2014 in-depth interview with Jerry Bransford and New York Times reporter Kenan Christiansen.
Jerry Bransford’s dream is to build a memorial in the Bransford cemetery at Mammoth Cave as a tribute to all the past slave guides and the entire Bransford family, especially Mat and Nick. He also would like to pass on his stories and memories to his future descendants utilizing the cemetery and memorial. You can the website to contribute, and it's also full of much more detailed information on the Bransford family history at Mammoth.
Ranger Lore: The Occupational Folklife of Parks – Jerry Bransford Discusses Family Legacy
A YouTube interview with Jerry Bransford about visiting Mammoth as a child with his family:
Mammoth Cave National Park Website
Info on all of the cave tours, camping, and other activities at Mammoth Cave National Park.
Show notes, a full transcript, and music credits for this episode can be found at http://nationalparkpodcast.com/mammoth-cave-national-park.