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First African American Fayette County deputy clerk, 1955

Georgia R. Bates, new Fayette County deputy clerk, was shown at work, in a page one photo in the Lexington Leader in September 1955, in the chattel mortgage office at the Fayette County courthouse. Bates, the first African American to be employed in the County Clerk’s office, was administered the oath of office September 8, by County Judge Pro Tem Weldon Shouse. The 34-year-old Bates was married to James F. Bates, a garageman and chauffeur for Dixie McKinley, a local automobile dealer. Bates, a Republican, was a native of Lincoln County but had resided in Lexington since she was 12 years old. She was a graduate of Dunbar High School, attended West Virginia State College and studied business administration. During World War II she worked for the Air Service Command in Dayton, Ohio, as a clerk and the Sylvania Electric Company in Lexington, as a receptionist. For the previous 12 years she had been employed by Atlanta Life Insurance Company on Dewees Street. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Winter storm dumps 10″ snow on Lexington, 1994

Mill Graves, 9, shoveled snow to clear his driveway on Richmond Road on January 17, 1994, as a major snow storm moved across the state. Snow depths ranged from 3 inches in southwestern Kentucky to 25 inches in Robertson County, the hardest hit spot in the state. Lexington had 10 inches. Louisville had 15.9 inches, breaking a record of 15.7 inches set 16 years prior to this snow, in the blizzard of 1978. Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones declared a state of emergency on the 17th and closed all the interstates and the Blue Grass Parkway. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

Fellow motorists helped a pickup get up the ramp of New Circle Road to Nicholasville Road January 19, 1994, two days after a winter storm dumped 10 inches of snow on Lexington. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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The Milner Hotel on Short Street, 1947

This March 1947 photo showed the Milner Hotel at 114 West Short Street and ran with a story about the property changing hands. This location, at the corner of Short and Limestone, was a hotel site since 1893, when it opened as the Leland Hotel. It remained the Leland Hotel until August 1937 when a change of ownership renamed it the Milner Hotel. In March 1947 it was purchased and became the Charlotte Hotel. October 1948 again brought new owners who changed the name to the Henry Clay Hotel, which it remained until it was razed in December 1961 for a parking lot, which it still is today. Foundation footings of the five-story building were large limestone rocks which came from the old Fayette County jail which was located at the corner of Short and North Limestone streets. ItÕs stone fronting was Bedford limestone. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Kentucky over Vandy 100-64, 1954

Kentucky’s Linville Puckett dropped in a push shot late in the first half of UK’s game with Vanderbilt at Memorial Coliseum February 22, 1954. Watching the flight of the ball were UK’s Frank Ramsey, left, and Vandy’s Bobby Thym (23) and Jerry Fridrich (33). Kentucky won 100-64, for its 22nd straight victory. The Wildcats finished with a 25-0 regular season. Kentucky and LSU tied for the SEC title due to a schedule disagreement and UK declined an NCAA bid. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Model-builder Herbie Rodgers, 1951

In February 1951 Leader Woman’s Page Editor Laura Lyons included a write-up about Herbie Rodgers, a prolific model-builder, in her “The Social Whirl” column. Rodgers, 15, favorites to build were model boats and airplanes. His mustang airplane, on the table in the background, won a contest sponsored by a local hobby shop the previous summer. The Henry Clay High School sophomore also made the lamp, seen in the background, from a cedar post. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Jubilee Day program at St. Paul AME Church, 1993

On January 1, 1993, Gerald Coleman, a junior at the University of Kentucky, portrayed writer, orator and one-time slave Frederick Douglass at the Jubilee Day program sponsored by the Lexington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at the St. Paul AME Church in downtown Lexington. The program, celebrating the 130th anniversary of the day the Emancipation Proclamation took effect, was organized by the Rev. Robert Keesee of St. Paul Church and it was the first Jubilee Day program in Lexington in at least 30 years. The three-hour program, attended by at least six denominations, was church service, history lesson, celebration, political discussion and community soul-searching rolled into one. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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Discussing music program at Kenwick School, 1951

Julia Stevens, standing, music instructor at Kenwick school, held a discussion with some of her students in January 1951 about the various subjects they heard in a 15-minute weekly music program, that was heard on the radio by children in elementary schools in Lexington and Central Kentucky. The weekly program had been broadcast for the previous three years and had become so popular that it was announced that the Lexington Junior League and radio station WLAP were going to start sponsoring it. Those students pictured, left to right, are: Patricia Turner, David Pelz, Ethelee Davidson, Bill Fortune and Dallous Reed Jr. , all sixth graders. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Kentucky and Louisville basketball, 1985

University of Louisville’s Pervis Ellison got a hand on a shot by Kentucky’s Kenny Walker in their December 28,1985 matchup in Rupp Arena. The Eddie Sutton coached Wildcats defeated the Cards, coached by Denny Crum, 69-64 and went 32 and 4 for the season, losing to LSU in the NCAA Southeast Regional in Atlanta. The University of Louisville went 32-7 for the season and won their second NCAA National Championship when they defeated Duke 72-69 in Dallas. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Children visit with Santa on Christmas Eve, 1949

Saint Nicholas sat at the Ben Ali theater December 24, 1949 and handed out bags of goodies at the Junior Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas party for children. Much interested in the old gentleman were, left to right, Ann Walker, Charles Nathan Thomas, Johnnie Young and James Edward Bishop. (Boy at far right was unidentified and cropped out of the published photo.) About 1100 youngsters received oranges, tangerines, apples, hard candy, comic books, toys, mittens, crackerjacks and cheese crackers. This was the seventh year the Jaycees had given their party, which was financed by their annual minstrel show. The children also saw six cartoons and a full-length feature picture. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Movie stars tour the Blue Grass, 1944

A group of motion picture stars on a three-state tour of Army camps and hospitals arrived in Lexington October 9, 1944 en route from Louisville to Darnall hospital near Danville. They were to be taken on a tour of the Blue Grass horse farms the next morning through arrangements made by Bob Cox, manager of the Kentucky Theater. Pictured are, from left, Nancy Walker, star of both stage and screen versions of “Best Fool Forward” who introduced the popular hit “Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet;” Ann Richards, feminine lead in the new picture, “An American Romance;” King Vidor, producer-director of that show; Walter Abel, member of the cast of “An American Romance,” Rags Ragland, comedian, native of Louisville, and Jean Porter, who appeared in the picture “Youngest Profession.” Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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