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Kentucky Historical Society marker to commemorate Cherokee influence on state

Monday, 10 07, 2013

Becky Riddle
502-564-1792, ext. 4474
becky.riddle@ky.gov.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2013) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker to commemorate the role that Cherokee played in Kentucky at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Lincoln County Courthouse on Main Street in Stanford.

Chiefs Oconostota, Attacullaculla and Sewanooko signed the Treaty of Sycamore Shoals in 1775, which relinquished the Cherokee claims to most of present-day Kentucky. It was the largest land cession in the history of the frontier up to that time and led to the settlement of Forts Harrod, Boonesborough and Logan’s Station.             

Chief Doublehead, an influential leader in the Cumberland Plateau region, frequently attacked the Wilderness Trail and Kentucky settlements in the 1700s, yet he also negotiated significant land and peace treaties and was a guest of Presidents Washington, Adams and Jefferson.

Featured speaker at the dedication will be Rita Coolidge, a two-time Grammy winner and a recipient of the Native American Music Award's Lifetime Achievement Award. Coolidge was born in Lafayette, Tenn., to a Cherokee father and half-Cherokee, half-Scottish mother. She is a founding member of the musical trio Walela (Cherokee for hummingbird).

The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through on-the-spot history lessons that connect the history, communities and items housed in the Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. The program makes Kentucky’s history accessible to the public not just on markers along the state’s roadways, but also online at www.history.ky.gov/markers and via the Explore Kentucky History smartphone application available free at iTunes and Google Play.

For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or
becky.riddle@ky.gov.

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.