King Louis XVI of France
Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owens talked about the history of Louisville and the origins of the name. The settlement, founded in… read more
Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owens talked about the history of Louisville and the origins of the name. The settlement, founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark, was named after King Louis XVI of France, due to his support of the American Revolution. He was interviewed at the statue of King Louis XVI outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Louisville. The statue by French sculptor Achille-Joseph Valois was commissioned by the king’s daughter, Marie-Therese, and originally unveiled in Montpellier, France, about 1829. It was given to the city of Louisville by Montpellier, its French sister city, in 1967.
C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2012 LCV Cities Tour” in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 8-13 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Time Warner Cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. close
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