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Spring has sprung at the museum

Spring is really showing its face in the Rankin area of Ironton.

Coming down Sixth Street and going up Fifth Street, the beautiful trees are blooming and the flowers are showing their beauty.

Ironton is really a pretty town and at these times, we appreciate it. The Lawrence County Museum at Sixth and Adams streets is also very good to look at. As usual the lawn is very neat and attractive with the spring flowers.

With the museum now opening today at 1 p.m. we are looking forward to seeing Nannie Kelly Wright greeting us with tea as we enter our lovely museum and its displays.

At present, the military items are on display throughout the building and especially upstairs in the Military Room at the top of the stairs. Also up there is the Underground Railroad Room where there is a display of quilts.

We have learned that slaves followed the quilts as they showed them the way to freedom.

The room next is that of Mr. John Rankin, who was a known abolitionist and inspired the writing of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

These are very interesting rooms to visit. Musical instruments that were used by slaves will be on display in an additional to the museum’s exhibits.

On the third Saturday of the month the docents meet here. We will receive our instructions, be treated to extra good food and sign up for the times we will work during the month.

A docent is required to work only four hours a month and also help with our special programs.

We must remember to pay our membership dues to our treasurer Herb Brown. This applies to all workers of the society.

We are blessed with a beautiful restroom that Pat Arrington’s son gave us. Our members are always making the museum more attractive and interesting.

The Spring Tea will be May 15. You can call Virginia Bryant at 532-3514 to obtain your reservations. These are sold out quickly so get yours in if you plan to attend.

Another season has begun and much is planned.

Historical Fact:

Richard Lambert was a member of Capt. George’s Independent Company. He was killed in the battle of Scary Creek, July 17, 1864.

He was the first Lawrence County soldier to be killed in the Civil War. His body was buried in Henry Cemetery, but now has been moved to Woodland Cemetery.