Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial

$1,645 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 32 months
A group of citizens became aware that numerous graves of slaves exist in cemeteries within the Lake Cumberland area. Research revealed slavery grew
substantially over the years reaching a peak in 1860 with 225,483 enslaved in Kentucky. Slavery was an integral part of the economic development of Kentucky
but when they died they were buried without any marker, without the dignity and respect afforded
every other person of means. The Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial Association was formed to commission
artwork to commemorate their lives, to honor their contribution to our communities, and to provide a place of reflection.

The Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial intends to:
- Recognize and honor those sold into slavery in our community.
- Demonstrate to all that these lives are not forgotten, that these lives made a difference.
- Bring dignity and respect to their final resting place.
- Make every effort to learn the names of those buried.
- Promote inclusiveness of everyone in the life of our community.
- Develop an educational program that illustrates the daily life of a slave and the many contributions they made.

The Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial Association is a
501(c)(3) non-profit. Your donation is tax deductible.
All funds donated go directly to the creation of the
permanent artwork. Only through generous donations will we raise the funds necessary to complete the artwork. LCSM is actively working to obtain grants to help subsidize the cost of the piece.

Once the funds are in hand, a commissioned artist will create and erect the monument. Ayokunle Odeleye has been commissioned as the artist. Ayokunle Odeleye is a professional sculptor and arts educator with nearly 40 years of experience. He is currently a senior Professor of Art at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. He is also the owner, primary designer, and fabricator of Odeleye Sculpture Studios in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He has created sculptures for cities
across the United Sates from Atlanta to Alaska, many of
which have historic significance.

The monument will be erected on Somerset Community College's campus. The piece will be prominently displayed for all to see. Education components are being created to share with all grade levels. By bringing attention and recognition to the unmarked graves, we are hoping to provide a single location (the artwork) that will allow families to unite, from all walks of life, to show respect and to remember our collective past. 
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$1,645 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 32 months
Created December 12, 2016
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Calvin Dalton
7 months ago
Julie Baldwin
9 months ago

i would never be able to give enough to honor the special men and women who gave so much and never received the quality of life they rightfully deserved- but im humbled to honor them now in the small Way I can. Thank you miss Joann Pugh, my dear friend for bringing attention to this wonderful cause.

Melinda Allen
11 months ago
Nick and Laura Walter
16 months ago
Vicki VanDenBerghe
16 months ago
George and Jan Schiffer
16 months ago

This donation is given in memory of Doris Leveridge!

Wayland Rogers
18 months ago
Patricia Nadim
20 months ago

Thank you for making this Slaves Memorial in Somerset to honoring the human lives of people of color. For Liberty and Justice for ALL!!!

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