Protest in Versailles calls for return of historic stained glass window to Leslie County

Window was removed in mid-August and taken to new location in Woodford County
Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 10:51 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2020 at 10:52 AM EDT
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VERSAILLES, Ky. (WYMT) - A group of nearly one dozen people gathered outside the new home of Frontier Nursing University in Versailles Wednesday.

The group is hoping to show how much a 15th Century stained-glass window means to Leslie Countians.

“They don’t care, they came in and took this window, and like I said that’s just last in a long line of slaps in the face. It’s a 600-year-old window given by Mary Breckinridge, the window was built on the donations and the backs of the people of Leslie County and these people don’t care,” said Tim Wells a volunteer with the protest.

Protestors gathered at 10 a.m. in the morning as rain was still falling, holding up signs as cars and trucks passed by.

“We want our window back, it’s ours. Now the legality of it is still out for the jury, but the morality of it they’re guilty, guilty, guilty,” said Wells.

While the glass resided in Leslie County, people from all across the state are beginning to jump on board with calls to return the window.

“I truly believe that this nursing school needs to be in Leslie County,” said Meredith Maney who is from Lexington but supports the cause. “It’s just the right thing to do, it doesn’t matter where you are from, it’s just the right thing to do.”

The glass came from the chapel that is on what was once the main campus in Hyden. A group upset about the move started a petition for the return on calling for its return to the mountains.

“They don’t know what the legacy is that Mary Breckinridge left behind. They don’t really truly know what it means to the people of the community to have this service, to have this window. There’s so much pride to have this window in the community, the chapel was built to house this window,” added Maney.

In a comment Wednesday, Frontier Nursing University says they are sticking by their original comments from August where they said they intended to replace the original window in Hyden, with a replica.

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