Historic African-American facility to be part of Kenlake State Resort Park
AURORA, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear took part in a ceremony today to celebrate the renovation of a building that once served as a state park for African Americans in the days of segregation.
The renovated dining hall at the former Cherokee State Park near the Kentucky Lake shoreline will be used as a meeting and event facility for Kenlake State Resort Park. Cherokee, which included a bathhouse, beach and cottages, opened in 1951 to serve African American guests. It was closed in the 1960s with desegregation.
“This project preserves an important aspect of African American history, an important part of state park history and an important part of Kentucky history,” Gov. Beshear said. “It will become another distinctive attraction for Kenlake State Resort Park and this region.”
Commonwealth of Kentucky Press Release Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Contact Information: Kerri Richardson Jill Midkiff 502-564-2611