Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor, First Lady Honor Newest Kentucky Women Remembered Inductees

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 06, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Three Kentucky women recognized for their lifetime achievements

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor and Mrs. Ernie Fletcher joined the Kentucky Commission on Women today to honor three Kentucky women as inductees to the Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit at the state Capitol. The exhibit honors outstanding Kentucky women and their lifetime achievements.

Ms. Nelda Barton-Collings, of Corbin, president and chairman of the board of Bretara LLC and Tri County Cineplex LLC, was inducted along with the late Beula Cornelius Nunn, former first lady of Kentucky, and the late Alice Allison Dunnigan, an award-winning journalist and civil-rights activist from Russellville.

“Today we celebrate the lives of all the women who have made Kentucky what it is today,” said Governor Fletcher. “We have taken big steps because of the women in our lives, guided by our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends and coworkers. Likewise, the three women we recognize today gave other Kentuckians a chance to take the same big steps. And by doing so, they added to a legacy – a legacy which empowers Kentucky’s young women to realize their dreams.”

“Today, we celebrate the history that women across Kentucky are making every day, and we pay tribute to the women who have played a unique role in shaping the history of our state and our nation,” said First Lady Glenna Fletcher.

Kentucky Women Remembered began in 1978 and consists of portraits depicting outstanding women in Kentucky’s history.  The exhibit found a permanent home in the Capitol in 1996 after many years of traveling around the state.  Thousands of visitors to the Capitol view the portraits each year and learn about the heritage and contributions of Kentucky women.

“For the past 29 years, the Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit has provided the Commission on Women with the rare opportunity to honor outstanding Kentucky women and publicly recognize their achievements,” said Kentucky Commission on Women Executive Director Glenda R. Woods.

Each year, the Kentucky Women Remembered Committee selects one to three Kentucky women to become part of the exhibit and assure their place in the state’s history. 

Nominees must have been born in or spent a significant part of their lives in Kentucky and may be living or deceased.  Nominees’ actions or achievements should have impact outside their communities or should have increased the status of women in some significant manner.  Nominees should have reached the pinnacle of their careers or other chosen pursuits.

Last year’s honorees were Sister Michael Leo Mullaney, the late Mary Willie Arvin and the late Katherine Gudger Langley. 

During the ceremony, Governor Fletcher also signed a proclamation declaring March as Women’s History Month across the Commonwealth. 

For more information on the Kentucky Commission on Women, visit