Franklin Human Rights Commission Ribbon Cutting

Franklin-Simpson Human Rights Commission chairperson, Wanda Tuck said she can vividly recall the time before the commission had a place to call their own.

"We met at local churches. We met at the Goodnight Library. We met at the Bradley Bluitt building. Just wherever happened to be open."

All of the moving made it difficult to help the citizens of Simpson County.

"They've always had a mailing address. But people like to come in person when they have a personal problem," said Franklin Mayor Jim Brown.

So the commission, which specializes in civil rights for everyone and has been in existence since the 1960's, decided to find a permanent residence.

"We began to get complaints from the community. The community wanted to know where they were to file these complaints. Where could they go to meet with the commission, and so we got together with our mayor and the county judge and said 'Hey, we need a place!'."

So Brown found a suitable home for the commission in a courtroom inside the recently vacated courthouse on the square.

"Originally, this room was intended to be opened for public meetings, particularly city commission and fiscal court meetings. We also know there was other opportunities for a need for space to have public meetings."

Cynthia Fox of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights attended the ribbon cutting of the new office and said that the office's central location gives the commission a wide-reaching capability.

"Its not in any certain neighborhood or certain area, so I think it stresses the message the commission is trying to express that they're here for everyone."

Tuck says the opening of their office is a tribute to the beginning days of the commission in Franklin, Ky.

"I can look back at the time the first commission which was under Mr. Floyd Savage, where he was working out of the trunk of his car, to now that we have a central office in a central part of Franklin."

In the past, the commission has also put on events such as their unsung heroes recognition program and a golf scramble.

For more information about the Franklin-Simpson Human Rights Commission call (270) 223-0725 or (270) 598-9189.