Cherokee State Park
Proposed in 1946 & opened in 1951, the only state park in Kentucky developed for African Americans. Closed by 1964. after Gov. Combs 1963 Exec. Order ended segregation in public facilities. 300 acres, beach, rental cottages, kitchen & dining hall, & picnic area. 2000 attended opening. Black families near and far vacationed here.
Known as the state park for Kentucky's "Negro" citizens, Cherokee Park was a product of "Jim Crow" segregation. Built when African Americans fought to integrate recreation facilities in Louisville and other parts of Kentucky. Some thought park overdue. Others thought Cherokee an obstacle to full equality.
Erected 2010 by Kentucky Department of Highways & Kentucky Historical Society. (Marker Number 2320.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 36° 46.399′ N, 88° 8.353′ W. Marker is in Aurora, Kentucky, in Marshall County. Marker is at the intersection of Cherokee Lane and U.S. 68 on Cherokee Lane. Touch for map. Marker is located on the north side of Cherokee Lane immediately east of US 68. Marker is in this post office area: Hardin KY 42048, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
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