Horse Cave Stories
Tom Chaney, Horse Cave's resident historian, co-owner of The Bookstore and co-founder of the Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave had read a chapter from Jump Johnny Jump at a Rotary Club luncheon a few months before and Sandra Wilson, director of Horse Cave/Hart County Tourism KNEW that a recording of this reading must be done. Tom Chaney's emotional reading of this chapter, entitled Horse Cave, 1940, reflects the racial divide that existed in Horse Cave (and the state) during that era. Because of school principal and coach, Newton Thomas and with the influence of Adolph Rupp, basketball came to the Horse Cave Colored School and they quickly became the State Champions! As we listen to Tom read, we can virtually see, hear and smell what Horse Cave was like. And when we visit Horse Cave today, we can imagine the streets and the stores and the schools and the churches filled with these vivid characters whose friends and relatives still populate the town of Horse Cave.
Home | Formation | Integration
Before Caverna

The pride in this African American basketball team of the 1940s transcended the railroad tracks that divided the community. And today, basketball remains King in Horse Cave, with its teams that see no color.

On May 13, 2013, Brent Bjorkman, director of the Kentucky Folklife Program, sat down to record Tom Chaney as he read an excerpt from the book
Jump Johnny Jump
by author Dick Burdette.

This reading is used with permission from the author. Recording is Courtesy of the Kentucky Folklife Program at Western Kentucky University.

Tom Chaney
Tom Chaney
co-owner, The Bookstore
co-founder, Kentucky Repertory Theatre

"About the Book and the Author"

"Life In Horse Cave Before Basketball"

"The Arrival of Newton Thomas"

"How Adolph Rupp Changed
  Horse Cave Forever"

"Beyond Kentucky to College
  and the Globetrotters"

"First Year as a Globetrotter"

"Why so emotional?"


Randall Curry
Randall Curry,
Mayor of Horse Cave

"Basketball champions play
 for Harlem Globetrotters"



Robert BrockClarence Glover
Asst Principal, Farnsley Middle School,
Jefferson County Public Schools
Former Boston Celtics Basketball Player

"Memories of Horse Cave Basketball"


  Preserve America   City of Horse Cave   Horse Cave Development Corporation  Hart County Tourism Kentucky Humanities Council   Kentucky Arts Council    National Endowment for the Arts   Kentucky Tourism KY Historical Society  
Caverna Home Integration at Caverna Formation of Caverna Before Caverna