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The Dedication of
The Thomas D. Clark
Center for Kentucky History

Frankfort, KY
Photos by Jim Cummings

The Painted Stone Settlers and Friends shot a volley into the air to kick things off.

Govenor Ernie Fletcher, Senator Dan Kelly, and Historical Society President Libby Jones

Kentucky Historical Society Executive Director Kent Whitworth addresses the crowd.

The Hart Rifle Presentation

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Jack Hart a slave that came to early Kentucky with settler Nathaniel Hart lent his rifle to be used at the Battle of Blue Licks

Dr. Anne S. Butler was instrumental in tracking the story. The KY legislature, earlier this year passed a resolution to return the Hart rifle. 

Photo (Left to Right) Sen. Dan Kelly, Darin Battle portrayed Jack Hart. Mike Jones research Curator for the Historical Society and Dr. Butler.

After the onstage ceremony, Jack Hart’s Rifle was carried back to the Clark Center for History where it was put on display. The Painted Stone Settlers and ‘Jack Hart’ led the way.

All of the Center exhibits and displays were free and open to the public for the remainder of the day. Below the re-enactors took full advantage and also mingled with the crowd.

Outside various history organizations set up booths at “The Hometown History Fair”

Hart Rifle Presentation
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