Historical society helps to clean up Hotel Metropolitan | News

The Lyon County Historical Society helped to clean up and prepare the Paducah Hotel Metropolitan in the lead up to the Eighth of August Festival.

The Hotel Metropolitan was founded in 1908 by Maggie Steed and served as a hotel for African American travelers until it’s closing in 1996, serving as a refuge through Jim Crow, Segregation and the Civil Rights movement. During that time, the hotel saw many famous faces performing in or passing through Paducah, including Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Thurgood Marshall and Ike and Tina Turner.

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