Clinton City Councilman Howard Dillard between Sherry Allison and County Judge Kenny Wilson as they sign the 200th Proclamation.0th proclamation
Former Courier Journal reporter, Ira Simmons, penned the proclamation commemorating the 200th anniversary of the first county of the Kentucky Jackson Purchase.
The proclamation reprinted below was read by Clinton City Councilman Howard Dillard and signed by Hickman County Judge Kenny Wilson and Anniversary Chair Sherry Allison.
HICKMAN COUNTY, KY. BICENTENNIAL
WHEREAS Hickman County is the original Jackson Purchase County
and now celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding,
And WHEREAS, the people of Hickman County celebrate their farmland, woodlands, wildlife,
and the great Mississippi River,
And WHEREAS the people of Hickman County treasure their county's legacy
as a crossroads of North, South, East, and West,
as a strategic point in the history of the American frontier and Civil War,
as a center for education,
as a leader in peaceful integration,
as a region built on faith, work, and civic pride,
and as a home to thriving communities from Prehistory to Present Day,
And WHEREAS the people of Hickman County solemnly remember
the Trail of Tears that crossed our land,
the time of bondage that disfigured our land,
and the great war that tore apart families and friends,
WE ARE RESOLVED to welcome the future,
united in hope and purpose,
drawing on our history and culture,
to achieve new heights of prosperity
and opportunity for all.