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Artist Joe Petro presents President Eisenhower with Man o’ War drawing, 1954

Posted on February 23, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, left, received a pencil drawing of Man o’ War from Transylvania student Joe Petro on April 23, 1954. Transylvania President Frank Rose was at right. Petro, a Lexington native, graduated from Henry Clay High School before studying art at Transylvania. He became an accomplished artist and returned to Transy in 1977 to become artist-in-residence. Eisenhower was in Lexington to speak during the convocation marking the 175th anniversary of the founding of the school. An estimated 6,500 to 7,000 people attended. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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