Monday, 10 07, 2013
502-564-1792, ext. 4474
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
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.