Coal gift to University of Kentucky requires coal tribute in new dorm

Lexington Herald-LeaderFebruary 10, 2011 

The University of Kentucky's new $8 million Wildcat Coal Lodge won't just refer to coal mining in its name. According to the agreement between the donors who gave the money and the University of Kentucky, the lobby of the dorm for the UK men's basketball team will be the home of a tribute exhibit to the coal industry.

Joseph W. Craft III, who heads Alliance Coal and is a UK graduate, organized a group of donors to give $7 million for the building; an anonymous donor later gave an additional $1 million, UK officials said.

The gift agreement, obtained by the Herald-Leader under the state's Open Records Act, said the building "will include an exhibit in the primary entrance lobby which presents in print, photographic, sound, video, DVD and/or other format, a discussion of and tribute to the importance of the coal industry to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which exhibit shall be reasonably acceptable to Craft."

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