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Historical Marker #2226 in Frankfort commemorates the only monument in the state that honors the nearly 25,000 African American Kentuckians who served in the United States Colored Troops during the American Civil War. Although Kentucky remained…

Historical Marker #2259 in Barren County notes the location of Diamond Cavern, which was discovered by a slave in 1859. When most people envision slavery, they think of agricultural workers toiling away in fields on farms and plantations. For…

Historical Marker #1800 in Madison County recognizes the contributions of Laura Clay as a leader of women's suffrage in Kentucky. Clay was born near Richmond, Kentucky, on February 9, 1849, at White Hall, the estate of her father, Cassius…

Historical Marker #1434 in Newport remembers Kenton Furnace's brief but important existence in Campbell County. Kenton Furnace, built in 1869 by the Kenton Iron Company, was one of many iron producers in the Bluegrass State. Its primary…

Historical Marker #2231 in Louisville denotes Farmington Historic Plantation, a fourteen-room Federal-style home built by John and Lucy Speed in 1816. The house was designed from plans drawn by Thomas Jefferson. For much of its existence,…

Historical Marker #1026 commemorates the history of St. Mary's College in St. Mary, Kentucky. Founded in 1821, St. Mary's College was the oldest extant Catholic college in Kentucky and was the third oldest Catholic college originally founded for boys…

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The Kentucky Historical Society invites you to explore Kentucky history online and on the road with the new "ExploreKYHistory" smartphone app! "ExploreKYHistory" takes the stories behind our community-driven historical markers, adds related items from the KHS collections and combines it into a historical tour of our Commonwealth. Read more About Us