Kentucky Capitol Displays Not Historically Accurate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - To some, an exhibit on display in the
Kentucky Capitol seems more hysterical than historical.

The "Star Spangled Banner," according to one framed account,
was a rallying cry 33 years before it was written. And the U.S.
motto, "In God We Trust," was adopted on two separate days in
July 1956.

"Without a time machine, it's a temporal impossibility," said
Jane E. Calvert, an assistant history professor at the University
of Kentucky.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher on Monday ordered an exhibit that includes
the Ten Commandments, the Magna Carta and the "Star Spangled
Banner" be put on display in the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda,
surrounding a mammoth statue of Abraham Lincoln.

Fletcher, who lost a bid for re-election the next day, signed an
executive order proclaiming the documents have played important
roles in developing the current legal system and should remain on
display until another governor or legal ruling forces them down.

A federal judge's Monday ruling allowed the display, saying a
previous injunction prohibiting a granite Ten Commandments monument
on Capitol grounds did not apply. The new display of framed
documents in the Capitol is identical to existing displays in
Mercer and Rowan county courthouses.


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