Cherokee State Park

Cherokee State Park (HM2011)

Location: Benton, KY 42025 Marshall County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 46.399', W 88° 8.353'

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Side 1 Proposed in 1946 & opened in 1951, the only state park in Kentucky developed for African Americans. Closed by 1964. after Gov. Combs 1963 Exec. Order ended segregation in public facilities. 300 acres, beach, rental cottages, kitchen & dining hall, & picnic area. 2000 attended opening. Black families near and far vacationed here.Side 2 Known as the state park for Kentucky's "Negro" citizens, Cherokee Park was a product of "Jim Crow" segregation. Built when African Americans fought to integrate recreation facilities in Louisville and other parts of Kentucky. Some thought park overdue. Others thought Cherokee an obstacle to full equality.
HM NumberHM2011
Year Placed2010
Placed ByKentucky Department of Highways & Kentucky Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 398334 N 4070331
Decimal Degrees36.77331667, -88.13921667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 46.399', W 88° 8.353'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 46' 23.94" N, 88° 8' 21.18" W
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Area Code(s)270
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Cherokee Ln, Benton KY 42025, US
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