From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum

The Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum, reestablished in 2017 as part of the Robert H. Williams Cultural Center, was originally "dedicated to establishing a public facility to highlight individual biographies and display artifacts, art and written work" of "distinguished African-American artists, writers and others contributing to the community."

The museum was located at 644 Georgetown Street in the Robert H. Williams Cultural Center in Lexington, KY, the museum was established in December 2002 with an office on North Broadway. In April 2005, it moved to the Heritage Art Gallery.

The museum opened in the Lexington History Center in April 2007 and moved to the Georgetown Street location in July 2011. The Robert H. Williams Cultural Center was housed in the building that served as the Lexington Colored Orphan Industrial Home. The Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum has closed permanently.

For more see J. Hewlett, "Black history museum gets new home - will move into history center," Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/25/2006, Main News section, p. A1; and Dial-Smith, Crystal and Clio Admin. "Robert H Williams Cultural Center and Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum," at the Clio: Your Guide to History website8/10/17See also the NKAA entry for Isaac S. Hathaway.

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