|Vice President Barkley Addresses Crowd at Ashland - Lexington, Ky.|
Photo: History of a House Museum
On April 12, 1950, Vice President Alben Barkley addressed the thousands gathered on the lawn of Ashland: the home of Henry Clay for its dedication as a historic house museum open to the public.
Then-mayor Tom Mooney proclaimed the day "Henry Clay Day" in the city where festivities kicked off at Cheapside Park before the parade processional down main street to Ashland.
Barkley declared: "This fine mansion now will rank alongside Mount Vernon, Monticello, the Hermitage, and other public memorials to great men of this nation….generations to come will thank you for preserving this shrine."