New Kentucky Highway Signs Highlight Simmons, Kentucky State



Signs recognizing the state of Kentucky and the Simmons College of Kentucky as the state’s two historically black colleges and universities will be installed this week.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Officials gathered at Simmons College of Kentucky in Louisville on Wednesday as Governor Andy Beshear announced new road signs to recognize the two historically black Commonwealth colleges and universities (HBCU).

Beshear said contractors would begin work to install five signs on two highways in Kentucky and one street in Jefferson County.

“Louisville and Frankfort are home to the state’s only HBCUs, and these signs will educate Kentuckians and travelers alike of the historical significance these institutions of higher learning have played in Kentucky history,” Governor Beshear said. “These institutions, their missions and the people they serve are essential parts of the Kentucky team and critically important as we build a better Kentucky for every family.”

Historic Simmons College signs honoring the college should be installed in both directions of I-65 near Exit 135. A third sign will be installed on St. Catherine Street before Seventh Street.

“Louisville is fortunate to have what only a few cities in America have, and it’s a historically black college and university,” said Simmons College of Kentucky president Dr. Kevin Cosby. “Although they make up only 3% of colleges, HBCUs graduate nearly 20% of black bachelors, 50% of all black teachers, and 75% of all black doctors, dentists, and lawyers in the United States. . “

In addition, two “Kentucky State University” signs will be installed this Friday in both directions of I-64 near exits 53B and 58, respectively. While KSU directional signage was present on I-64, the new signage will identify the institution as an HBCU.

“We are proud to display the names of these long-standing institutions on state signs to help visitors easily locate these campuses while also nodding to one of the many reasons they are remarkable. in Kentucky, ”Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray said.

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