That was my reaction, especially when I looked it up in the dictionary. I guess Daniel Webster had no idea either.
In a list of the appointments to Boards and Commissions that Gov. Andy Beshear announced last week, you’ll find this:
Appointed Steven Cawood, Rufus Friday, and Ed Clark as members of the Kentucky Sestercentennial Commission. Gov. Beshear has also appointed Ed Clark as chair of the commission.
- Steven Cawood of Pineville is retired. Mr. Cawood shall serve for a term expiring Jan. 1, 2027.
- Rufus Friday of Richmond is executive director of the Hope Center. Mr. Friday shall serve for a term expiring Jan. 1, 2027.
- Ed Clark of Lexington is an attorney at Clark Law Office, Inc. Mr. Clark shall serve for a term expiring Jan. 1, 2027.
Ok, but still the dictionary doesn’t answer the question. So I went to one of the appointees, the one we all know. Rufus Friday, former president and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader. I figured if he was appointed to that commission at least he would know what it’s all about.
And he did. And he answered my question: Just what is a Sestercentennial?
Here’s Rufus’ response:
“It is the governor’s commission that will be working with the District of Columbia on the 250th anniversary of the country in July 2026.