Pierre Whiting, Adamstown community honored in dedication ceremony

A ceremony was held Tuesday morning commemorating longtime UK employee Pierre Whiting (1863-1949) and the Adamstown community of Lexington he called home. Whiting was a janitor at UK for 57 years.

It is thought that he was the first African American employed at the university, and that he was employed longer than any other employee. Adamstown was on the piece of land where Memorial Coliseum currently sits. Whiting, it was told Tuesday, sold two pieces of property to UK for the project.

Guest speakers included UK president Eli Capilouto, UK Libraries Associate Dean Deirdre Scaggs and Kalvin Graves ’10 AS, who has researched the life of Pierre Whiting.

Read more on Whiting at http://bit.ly/2JDwTBa

Read more on Adamstown at http://bit.ly/2Jm4G2y

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