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2010 Founders Award Recipient - Joe Graves

In the early 1960's, Joe Graves served on a biracial committee which negotiated the integration of Lexington's movie theaters. In 1964, he was co-chair of Kentuckians for Public Accommodations legislation and was in a march to the state capital led by Dr. Martin Luther King. Joe served in three elected offices: City Commissioner (1968-1969), State Representative (1972-1973), State Senator (1974-1977). Joe and Hart have three daughters: Lucy, Margaret and Elizabeth and six grandchildren. In 2003, Joe was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. In 2009, Joe completed five years of research related to Cumberland Island and published Cumberland Island Saved: How the Carnegies Helped Preserve a National Treasure. The book sells for $19.45 at Morris Book Shop in Lexington.