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Millersburg in Bourbon County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Mae Street Kidd

1904-99

 
 
Mae Street Kidd Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 7, 2013
1. Mae Street Kidd Marker
Inscription.  

Born in Millersburg, Kidd devoted much of her life to civil rights causes. Served as representative in Ky. state legislature, 1968-85, earning her nickname, “Lady of the House.” Kidd led Ky.'s ratification of 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to U.S. Constitution, ending slavery and giving citizenship and voting rights to African Americans after being in effect for 112 yrs.

Kidd sponsored bills that resulted in laws that ensured equal and open housing for all Kentuckians. Also first woman elected sec. of Democratic caucus. Among honors: King/Kennedy Award, NAACP Unsung Heroine Award, and Louisville Mayor's Citation for Outstanding Community Service. Buried Zachary Taylor National Cem., Louisville.
Presented by Kentucky Historical Society Foundation.
 
Erected 2004 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2147.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights
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Women. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 18.038′ N, 84° 8.915′ W. Marker is in Millersburg, Kentucky, in Bourbon County. Marker is on Main Street north of East 5th Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the sidewalk, near the center of the block, in the small city park located between 5th and 6th streets on the east side of Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Millersburg KY 40348, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Millersburg Military Institute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tollgate House (approx. one mile away); Major John Miller / Millersburg, Kentucky (approx. one mile away); Colville Covered Bridge / Covered Bridges (approx. 3.4 miles away); Ruddells Mills (approx. 4.9 miles away); Col. Daniel Boone (approx. 5 miles away); Site of 1792 Church (approx. 5 miles away); Site of Mt. Gilead Methodist Church (approx. 5 miles away).
 
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1. Mae Street Kidd (1904-99). Kidd was born during what many historians refer to as the “nadir of race relations” in the United
Mae Street Kidd Marker (<i>side 2</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 7, 2013
2. Mae Street Kidd Marker (side 2)
States. She was born in Millersburg the same year (1904) that the Day Law passed, which legally segregated Kentucky’s educational facilities, whether public or private. Her father was white and her mother was of mixed race. (Submitted on September 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Mae Street Kidd. In addition to her work at Mammoth Life and her years with the Red Cross in England, she is perhaps best known for her political life where she represented the Louisville 41st District for seventeen years (1968-1984) in the Kentucky General Assembly. Of her work in the Legislature she is best remembered for the sponsorship of Kentucky’s ratification of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution in 1976. They all reflect the ending of slavery and awarding of equal rights to black citizens. She also sponsored a bill which created the Kentucky Housing Corporation to provide open and low-income housing in the state. (Submitted on September 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Mae Street Kidd Marker (<i>wide view from Main Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 7, 2013
3. Mae Street Kidd Marker (wide view from Main Street)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   3. submitted on September 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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