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Bowling Green Daily News. January 29, 2022.

Editorial: Consider helping out the local African American Museum in times of need

As the weeks have passed since December 11, we are learning more and more about the extent of local damage and loss resulting from Kentucky‘s deadly and historic tornado outbreak.

To date, much of the attention – rightly so – has been focused on the individuals and families whose lives and livelihoods have been upended and forever changed by the tragic events. There are many other types of victims as well, including important documents and artifacts related to the African-American history of south-central Kentucky.

The Bowling Green African American Museum at 1783 Chestnut St. actually escaped the tornadoes with what appeared to be relatively minor damage. However, on December 22, an electrical fire broke out at the facility due to loose wiring caused by the storm. Firefighters arrived quickly enough to spare the structure from catastrophic damage, but a number of items held inside were exposed to water during the fight against the blaze.

A recent report by Aaron Mudd of the Daily News said museum officials worked closely with Western Kentucky University staff to dry and/or freeze nearly three dozen boxes of items that now require attention to repair, conservation and preservation. Meanwhile, work is underway to assess the extent of damage to the museum building and collections, according to museum board chairman John Hardin, professor emeritus at WKU.

The museum is raising funds in hopes of hiring a Kentucky-based conservator to assess the collection and recommend a treatment plan for damaged items. The museum also wants to buy a new computer to inventory the collection and secure a new space for the museum. Once these goals are achieved, the museum wants to create a permanent endowment to help resume operations and eventually hire a full-time curator.

“The ultimate goal is to recover, document, preserve and present African American history in the Bowling Green area,” Hardin said, describing the museum’s mission. When it was open, it did not charge entry for visitors. Instead, he asked for voluntary donations,” Mudd wrote in his Daily News article.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the museum with its recovery and mission. As of this writing, nearly $2,000 of the $5,000 goal has been raised, and we encourage anyone in a position to consider donating to this important cause. (Visit this website to learn more or to donate: https://bit.ly/3GVEN3z.)

This museum has been a valuable center for researching and preserving the rich African American history of this region for nearly a decade, and we look forward to its continued contributions to our community in the decades to come. However, the organization needs a helping hand to overcome an unforeseen obstacle, and we hope the residents will see fit to help the museum during this difficult time.


Frankfurt State Journal. January 28, 2022.

Editorial: Homeless people deserve our help, not our pity

A story featured in Wednesday’s edition about a woman who was recently arrested for squatting in an unfinished house in East Frankfurt sheds light on a larger issue – connecting the homeless to the resources available in our community – especially in cold weather.

The 33-year-old woman has been charged with second-degree burglary, a Class C felony, for sleeping in a house under construction on Kendallwood Drive, near Rolling Acres Drive. According to weather records, the temperature at the time was just above freezing.

According to her arrest citation, she was found lying on the floor in one of the bedrooms and allegedly told Frankfurt police she had permission to be there. The owner said no.

It appears that she didn’t attempt to steal anything from the house, but rather needed a place to sleep sheltered from the elements.

Homelessness continues to be a common problem in Frankfurt these days and the coronavirus pandemic has apparently exacerbated the problem. However, there are local organizations and services that can help homeless men and women.

The Franklin County Women and Family Shelter, located at 303 E. Third St., has 13 beds for single women 18 and older, as well as two-bedroom apartments with eight total beds for families. , including couples and men with children.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit www.fcwomenandfamilyshelter.org

Located at 208 W. Campbell St., Simon House operates seven units to house homeless women ages 18 and older who are pregnant and/or have children. It also provides temporary shelter at the Days Inn which serves homeless men and women.

In addition to housing, Simon House also provides assistance to low-income families in the community facing economic challenges, as well as essential items such as food, clothing and baby needs. The 24-hour emergency helpline is 502-320-3620. For more information, visit http://www.simonhouseky.org/.

ACCESS Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter, located at 311 W. Second St., provides at least one nutritious meal seven days a week and temporary shelter for men from night to night. Those who need help can call 502-223-5179 or visit the website at http://www.accesssoupkitchen.com/

If you or someone you know is struggling with homelessness, contact one of these organizations. For those who can, consider donating your money or time to help these local causes.

Homeless people don’t deserve our pity, they deserve our help.


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