Marker To Honor First Black Union Troops

Feb 4, 2013

A new historic marker will be unveiled in Danville today to honor the first African-Americans to enlist in the Union Army in Kentucky. The marker will pay tribute to 250 black men, most of them slaves, who trekked from Boyle County to Jessamine County to enlist. 

We’re gearing up to air special live NPR coverage of the Vice Presidential Debate from Center College in Danville, Kentucky Thursday night. Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy imagines being a moderator, and the substantive questions he would ask regarding foreign and domestic policy.

Politicians are not the only ones hoping for a boost from Wednesday’s vice presidential debate. Danville is preparing for visitors and recognition too. The city of about 16,000 has repaved streets, planted flowers and erected new signs all in preparation for the debate and the many visitors that it will bring into town. One of the local bars has even created cocktails bearing Joe Biden and Paul Ryan’s names. That’s a big change from the last time the debate was held at Danville’s Centre College in 2000, when alcohol sales were banned in the city.

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How does a small college in central Kentucky get noticed by millions of people across the nation and world? Host a debate. Centre College in Danville is preparing to host the Vice-Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Lisa Autry recently traveled there to get a look at all the preparations and has this report. 

In ten weeks, political observers will focus their gaze on Danville.  Centre College hosts a second vice presidential debate. Its first was 12 years ago.   Last  night on Kentucky Educational Television, Lucas Weton ,who’s president of the Centre College Republicans, says they learned a lot from that first debate.