Mayo-Underwood marker to return to Capital Plaza

The Mayo-Underwood School (Photo submitted)

A historic monument dedicated to a Frankfort school that served black students before racial integration is in storage.

A reader asked The State Journal what happened to the memorial when the Capital Plaza Tower was demolished last year. The reader said that the memorial was near a small fountain at ground level just off Mero Street near the base of the tower.

Pamela Trautner, a spokeswoman for the state's Finance and Administration Cabinet, said that the memorial in question was removed before the implosion last spring and placed in storage.

"My understanding is that it will be incorporated somewhere on the front lawn area of the new building," she said in an email.

mayo-underwood sign

Mayo-Underwood monument (Photo submitted)

According to a State Journal article published in March 2018, the memorial commemorates the Mayo-Underwood School and marks the site where the school stood from 1928 to 1965. The school was named for William H. Mayo, who was a principal of Clinton Street School, and Dr. Edward E. Underwood, who was a former school physician for Kentucky State College. The marker was put in Capital Tower Plaza in 1998.

The State Journal reported that a committee called the African American Association of Frankfort opted to keep the memorial in storage for future placement in a public area rather than give the memorial to the Kentucky Historical Society.

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