Western Kentucky church to get historic marker

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - A church in western Kentucky once visited by scientist and educator George Washington Carver is destined for an historic marker commemorating his visit.

The Kentucky Historical Society's Historical Marker Program recently officially recognized Pleasant Point Missionary Baptist Church near Owensboro. Carver visited the church during Black Chautauqua from July 16 to 26, 1909.

Church pastor the Rev. Rhondalyn Randolph told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer the church kept records of the visit over the years, but the marker will give the public something permanent to see.

Among the criteria for the approval by the society are having services in the same building for more than 100 years and having hosted a prominent national figure.

An official ceremony for the installation will be held after the church raises $2,500 for the marker.

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