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Kentucky’s bicentennial celebration, 1992

Posted on June 1, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Fireworks burst over the Capitol in Frankfort on June 1, 1992, as Kentucky celebrated the 200th anniversary of statehood. The fireworks concluded an all-day celebration on the Capitol grounds. At 12:30 p.m., church bells, school bells and other bells in all 120 counties of the commonwealth rang out in unison to celebrate Kentucky becoming the 15th state to join the Union when it separated from Virginia in 1792. Kentucky’s population was about 100,000 when it became a state. This year, several celebrations are scheduled for Thursday, June 1, when the state turns 225. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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