New state office building in downtown Frankfort officially named

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A new state office building was officially named during a ceremony in downtown Frankfort on Tuesday.

The new state office building is called The Mayo-Underwood Building.

Officials say the name references the Mayo-Underwood School, the African-American school that stood for more than 40 years at the corner of Mero Street and Wilkinson Blvd, where the new building is now situated.

In his remarks Sec. Landrum said, History is important. Ive read and heard about the profound impact and lasting memories residents of the area have of the Mayo-Underwood School.

It continues to be an enduring symbol of community where doctors, lawyers, teachers and many civic leaders graduated.

The school was located in an area of Frankfort known as the Craw or Bottom.

In the 1950s, city leaders started a massive urban development project that saw the demise of the Craw and the construction of the former Capital Plaza Tower.

The 28-story tower was imploded on March 11, 2018 to make way for the new 380,000-square-foot office building that will house 1,500 state employees.

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