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Louisville Could Name New Bridge for Thomas Merton

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/10/15

Crux reports on an idea whose time has come:

Four Louisville city councilors have signed onto a campaign to name the Ohio River Bridge, set to open in December, after the late Trappist monk Thomas Merton, the prolific author and peace activist who was born in France but chose to live his monastic life at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. Paul Pearson, who moved to Kentucky from England 15 years ago to lead The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, which is spearheading the campaign to name the bridge after Merton, said he’s not sure Kentuckians understand the magnitude of Merton’s global impact — and Louisville’s central place in his life. The Ohio River Bridge is part of the largest public works project in the city’s history. Although there appears to be strong support for naming it after Merton, it’s no sure bet: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has just about a month left in office, and he hasn’t said if his administration will name the bridge before he leaves.

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However, according to the Louisville Courier Journal, there is a growing movement to name the bridge for Colonel Sanders, of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame.

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