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Wilkinson and Chandler, 1987

Posted on March 4, 2015 | in Uncategorized | by
Kentucky's newest governor Wallace Wilkinson, left, shared a moment with former Gov. A.B. "Happy" Chandler during inauguration ceremonies, Tuesday Dec. 15, 1987 at  the Capitol in Frankfort. Chandler served as Grand Marshal for the parade in honor of Wilkinson.  Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

Kentucky’s newly elected governor, Wallace Wilkinson, left, was inaugurated on Dec. 15, 1987. Former Gov. A.B. “Happy” Chandler, right, was the grand marshal for the inaugural parade in Frankfort. Chandler’s endorsement of Wilkinson during the campaign was considered crucial to his election victory.  Just a few months later, in early April 1988, Chandler, a member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, used a racial epithet during a board meeting, setting of a storm of protests and calls for his resignation. Wilkinson resisted demands that he remove Chandler, who later apologized but did not step down.   Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

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