Kentucky Historical Society
Florence Crittenton Home Subject of New Historical Marker
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 27, 2015) –
The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical
marker in Lexington to honor an organization’s long-term efforts to help women
The ceremony will take place May 9 at 10 a.m. at 519 W. Fourth St., site of the former Florence Crittenton Home.
The facility opened in 1894 as the House of Mercy to provide
a home for single pregnant women. In 1921 it became affiliated with Florence
Crittenton Homes, a national organization that businessman Charles Crittenton
founded in memory of his daughter. The Lexington site operated for 118 years as
staff and volunteers provided social and medical services to women and girls
with help from donors, schools, churches, hospitals and the government. The Florence
Crittenton Home closed in 2013.
The marker is dedicated to former residents, their babies
More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s
history. More information about the marker application process, a database of
markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of
markers by theme, is at history.ky.gov/markers.
KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of
the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is
committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. KHS
is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information
about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.