Middletown To Dedicate Historical Marker For Governor Wetherby

Posted: March 21, 2014

The City of Middletown is pleased to announce that it will hold a Dedication Ceremony for a new Kentucky historical marker honoring former Governor Lawrence W. Wetherby, one of Middletown’s most famous sons, on Thursday, March 27th at 10:00 a.m. at Middletown City Hall, 11803 Old Shelbyville Road.

The governor accomplished a great deal in his tenure and has been described as a courageous visionary. He established the KY Youth Authority, created the KY Department of Mental Health, advocated for civil rights and directed the construction of the state’s interstate highways.

The late Governor, the only elected governor from Jefferson County in the history of Kentucky has not been properly honored and remembered in his native city of Middletown.

Mayor J. Byron Chapman and District 19 Council Member, Jerry Miller recognized this need and applied to the Kentucky Historical Society for a marker to be sited at City Hall on the grounds of Wetherby Park. On November 27, 2013 the historical society approved the addition of the marker. The city then applied for a Neighborhood Development Fund grant for the cost of the marker which was approved with the help of Councilman Miller.