Finding history’s lost stories starts at home

Published 11:05 am Thursday, April 26, 2018

It is truly amazing how many people from small towns right here in Central Kentucky have made a remarkable impact on the world, often having a front row seat at some of the events that have shaped our history.

And our future.

That was certainly the case recently when I sat down with a reader as he shared the story of his brother who served as an attorney for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the height of the Civil Rights movement.

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The man never sought attention or praise for what he did, instead simply going about his job because it was the right thing to do.

It was later discovered the Kentucky native sat down for some living history videos that document this.

The narrative is uplifting.

Stay tuned, as this will be a story we will share in the future. No spoilers here.

The great conversation got me thinking about all the people from right here in Jessamine County and the surrounding areas who have gone on to do great things — or are even doing them right now.

Some of these individuals have earned lots of recognition, fame and fortune. Others you never hear about at all, but their impact in their particular fields and on the world as a whole is no less profound.

Those are the people whose stories we want to tell.

So please, Jessamine County readers, tell us about your sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, who have left their unique mark on history and deserve to be recognized.

We want to hear from you because no one else can share the untold stories of Jessamine County‘s finest.

The details of how we will celebrate these individuals is still to be determined.

Now, more than ever, it is important we celebrate our rich history and proud heritage as well as the individuals who helped shape our present and laid the foundation for our future.

Michael Caldwell is publisher of The Jessamine Journal and Jessamine Life magazine. He can be reached at (859) 469-6452 or by email at