After traveling to several locations throughout the United States, including the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Kentucky State University, Frankfort, University of Kentucky, Lexington and the Truman Presidential Library in Impendence Missouri, the Alice Dunnigan Statue will be permanently installed in Dunnigan’s hometown (Russellville, Kentucky) the weekend of the August 8th Emancipation Proclamation festivities on the corner of East 6th and South Morgan Streets, where most activities will be centered.
In order to commemorate Dunnigan, (author, teacher, civil rights pioneer, United States Presidential appointee and trailblazing journalist), the Russellville community will host a series of activities in Dunnigan’s honor. The first activity will be the Alice Allison Dunnigan Scholarship, Farm to Table Dinner on August 1, 2019. The dinner will include locally sourced vegetables from the Russellville Urban farm located only blocks from the statue. Prior to the dinner, there will be walking tours of the urban farm as well as the local African American history museums at 1:30 p.m. Brief remarks will be made prior to the dinner which starts at 4 p.m. from national acclaimed Associated Press, Journalist and Ethnicity Editor, Sonya Ross. Regional chef, Olivia Perry in conjunction with the Kentucky State University mobile food processing unit will prepare the meal. Tickets should be purchased in advance from the Russellville Urban Gardening Project and are limited to 100 seats.
On Friday, August 2, 2019, the final dedication of the statue will begin at 4 p.m. and will include comments by Ross, the Allison and Dunnigan families, the maker of the statue, Amanda Matthews, Deborah Catchings-Smith the International President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., other dignitaries and a variety of local entertainment. The evening of August 2, 2019, there will be a concert featuring Charlene Blay & 2nd Edition at 7PM and Tee Dee Young Band at 9PM.
August 3, 2019 beginning at 10:30 AM (Line up about 9 a.m.) there will be the official August 8th Parade located at 5th Street in which the Allison-Dunnigan families will be the parade marshal. The Bibb family reunion will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bibb House, 280 East 4th Street, Russellville. For additional information on August 8th activities contact Paulette Smith, Chairwoman at 270-847-8343. For information about the parade call Rochelle Sydnor: 270-893-5593.