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Frankfort, KY -
Department of Tourism
New Guide Highlights
Kentucky's Multicultural-Heritage Attractions
The Kentucky Department of Tourism has released a new
travel guide highlighting the state's multicultural history,
heritage and travel attractions, and is inviting people to
share their Multicultural experiences with others.
The new, 40-page Multicultural Tourism Guide will
provide visitors information about sites, activities
and destinations that include and interpret
Kentucky's rich Multicultural legacy.
The guide is not all-inclusive of the many Multicultural
tourism opportunities in Kentucky, but serves as a basis
to begin one's discovery of what Kentucky has to offer.
"This is a remarkable demonstration of how people
from many different cultures gave of themselves to
make Kentucky great," said Governor Ernie Fletcher.
"We are a proud and diverse people, and we want
to celebrate our heritage and share it with others.
This guide opens a window for us to clearly see how
different cultures contributed to Kentucky's rich history."
To continue the collection of Multicultural
experiences, a special Web site has been created at
www.kentuckytourism.com which will allow visitors to tell
their story of their cultural heritage, whatever that may be.
Elements of these stories may be used in future publications.
To submit a story or idea, log onto KentuckyTourism.com
and click on the "Request a Multicultural Tourism Guide" icon.
Visitors are encouraged to include their message on the site.
"We are looking for stories, thoughts, interests
and tales that better explain the quilt of cultures
that has made Kentucky great," said Randy Fiveash,
Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism.
"We cannot achieve our full potential if we don't
understand and acknowledge the contributions
to the Commonwealth made by all of our people."
The guide also spotlights various cultural tourism
destinations throughout the Commonwealth, profiles
famous Kentuckians with varied cultural backgrounds
and offers tips for planning family trips and family reunions.
For example, readers will learn about many famous
people and Kentucky destinations including the following:
Mantle Rock in Livingston County, and its
connection to the Cherokee Indians' "Trail of Tears";
Rosenwald Schools, which were constructed to educate
African-Americans during the early 20th century;
Kentucky's involvement in the "Underground Railroad";
Cherokee State Resort Park, the first and only
resort park for African-Americans in Kentucky;
Mary Britton, the first female
African-Americans physician in Lexington;
Isaac Burns Murphy, the first three-time
winning jockey of the Kentucky Derby;
Muhammad Ali, winner of three world heavyweight
boxing titles and namesake of the Commonwealth's
newest cultural and educational facility.
To request a copy of the Multicultural Tourism Guide,
log onto www.KentuckyTourism.com and click on
"Request a Multicultural Tourism Guide" icon.
Copies also are available at state welcome centers, state
historic sites (including the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
National Historic Site, Farmington State Historic Site,
Camp Nelson Heritage Park, and the Kentucky Coal
Mining Museum) and Convention and Visitor Bureau
offices in Louisville, Lexington, Berea, Bowling Green,
Owensboro, Paducah and other communities.
Copies also are available directly from the
Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment or
the Department of Tourism by calling 502.564.4930.
To request a copy by mail, send your request to
Multicultural Tourism Guide, 2200 Capital Plaza
Tower, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.
The Kentucky Department of Tourism, an agency of
the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, exists to promote
The Commonwealth as a travel destination, generate
revenue and create jobs for Kentucky's economy.
Copyright © 2007 Commonwealth
of Kentucky -- All rights reserved.
Press Release Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Contact Information: Cindy Briscoe / 502-564-4930