Munfordville in Hart County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Thelma Hawkins Stovall
Born in Munfordville, Ky., Thelma began working at Brown and Williamson Tobacco Co. at 15 to help her family during the Depression. There she met L.R. Stovall; they married in 1936. Thelma studied at UK, EKU and LaSalle Extension University. Her first elected position was as recording secretary for a union.
A dedicated public servant, she held various appointed and elected positions, including sec. of state and state treasurer for over 30 years. In 1975, Thelma was elected Kentucky's first female lt. governor. As acting governor in 1978, she fought for legislation in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Presented by Munfordville Tourism Commission
Erected 2005 by Kentucky Historical Society / Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2171.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 16.224′ N, 85° 53.345′ W. Marker is in Munfordville, Kentucky, in Hart County. Marker is on Old Street south of Dixie Highway/Main Street (U.S. 31W), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is situated in a small median between Old Street and River Road just off of
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Munford Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Munfordville in the Civil War (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Remarkable Kentucky Family (about 500 feet away); Hart County (about 500 feet away); L&N Railroad Bridge (about 600 feet away); Carter-Dowling School / Teachers at "Colored" Elementary Schools of Hart County Circa 1950 (about 600 feet away); Hart County War Memorial (about 600 feet away); Hart County, 1819 (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Munfordville.
Also see . . . Kentucky's Shrewd Lady. A Time Magazine article written in 1979 detailing her way getting the job done! (Submitted on February 2, 2011.)
Categories. • Civil Rights • Politics •
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