Cherokee's role in Kentucky being commemorated

Cherokee's role in Kentucky being commemorated

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Grammy winner Rita Coolidge will be the featured speaker at the dedication. (source: wikipedia.org) Grammy winner Rita Coolidge will be the featured speaker at the dedication. (source: wikipedia.org)

STANFORD, Ky. (AP) - The Cherokee's role in Kentucky will be commemorated in a historical marker being dedicated this month in Stanford.

The Treaty of Sycamore Shoals in 1775 relinquished Cherokee claims to most of present-day Kentucky. It led to settlement of Forts Harrod, Boonesborough and Logan's Station.

Grammy winner Rita Coolidge will be the featured speaker at the dedication. She is a Lafayette, Tenn., native, born to a Cherokee father and half-Cherokee, half-Scottish mother. She is also a recipient of the Native American Music Award's Lifetime Achievement Award.

The marker will be dedicated at 11 a.m. EDT Oct. 19 at the Lincoln County Courthouse.

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