Mayor Lyn Bailey, sitting in the audience, spoke highly of the downtown exhibit, “From Slavery to Success: A Reunion of Family and Friends.”
It’s impressive and I encourage everyone to go see it,” he said. “I’d like to keep it place.”
When board member Paul Fourshee pressed Bailey to explain exactly what he meant, Bailey said that he thought it would be great to include the parts featured in the exhibit as part of an overall historical museum about Trigg County in a permanent location. He said he had been told that the Trigg County African American Historical Preservation Society was currently paying H.B. Quinn and Woody Woodall $100 a month to occupy the building at 16 Court St.
Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar said that Regenia Wilkerson Jasper had told her that they were staying afloat with donations from churches and individuals, but that they needed continued donations to prosper. She said she was handling the money for them and that anyone wanting to make cash donations can contact her or send it to Renaissance on Main Program, Attn: Cindy Sholar at P.O. Box 1465 Cadiz, Ky., 42211. She said the group currently had about $700 left. Fourshee asked Sholar if the group had obtained 501(c)(3) status, and she said they hadn’t yet. He suggested that since they were planning to be a permanent fixture, that they should become an official nonprofit group soon. Sholar said that they did have liability insurance.
Board member Lucas Chestnut asked if the board might want to reconvene in about 45 days with TCAAHPS to have a discussion about what the organization needed and what Renaissance could do to help. Sholar also mentioned that she had applied for a grant at the beginning of the summer on their behalf, but that she still had not heard from the Kentucky Heritage Council about its status.
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