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    UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
    FRANKFORT, KY. (UPI)--IN THE SHADOW OF A TOWERING BRONZE STATUE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, KENTUCKY GOV.

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    UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
    FRANKFORT, KY. (UPI)--IN THE SHADOW OF A TOWERING BRONZE STATUE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, KENTUCKY GOV. EDWARD T. BREATHITT TODAY SIGNED INTO LAW THE FIRST CIVIL RIGHTS BILL TO BE ENACTED BY A STATE OF THE TRADITIONAL OLD SOUTH.

    "THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF KENTUCKY, IN THIS HISTORIC LEGISLATIVE ACT, HAS PRODUCED THE BROADEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE CIVIL RIGHTS LAW PRODUCED BY ANY STATE IN THE SPIRIT OF THE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, " THE GOVERNOR SAID.

    THE BILL WILL TAKE EFFECT JULY 1. IT BANS DISCRIMINATION IN PUBLIC PLACES AND IN BUSINESSES WITH EIGHT OR MORE EMPLOYEES.

    "THIS BILL HAS BROADER COVERAGE AND MORE EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT POWERS THAN THE LAWS OF ANY BORDER STATES AND MOST NORTHERN STATES IN THE FIELDS OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS AND EMPLOYMENT," BREATHITT SAID.

    "WE HOPE AND TRUST THAT OTHER SOUTHERN STATES WILL SOON FOLLOW WITH LEGISLATION WHICH WILL HELP TO MAKE THE BROTHERHOOD OF MAN A REALITY IN THIS GREAT NATION."
    FOLLOWING PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S PATTERN OF HOLDING FORMAL SIGNING CEREMONIES IN SYMBOLIC SETTINGS, BREATHITT AFFIXED HIS SIGNATURE TO THE MEASURE IN THE STATE CAPITOL ROTUNDA AT THE FOOT OF A MIGHTY FIGURE OF THE CIVIL WAR PRESIDENT.

    IN THIS SAME CIRCULAR MARBLE HALL THE LIKENESS OF ANOTHER SON OF KENTUCKY--JEFFERSON DAVIS, PRESIDENT OF THE CONFEDERACY-BORE WITNESS TO THIS BORDER STATE'S CLOSE TIES WITH THE OLD SOUTH.

    "AS I SIGN THIS BILL, AND IT BECOMES LAW, IT BECOMES THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY CITIZEN OF THIS COMMONWEALTH TO COMPLY WITH THE SPIRIT AS WELL AS THE LETTER OF THE LAW, AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT KENTUCKIANS WILL RESPOND WITH THE SAME MAGNIFICENT SPIRIT WHICH PREVAILED IN OUR LEGISLATIVE HALLS," HE TOLD THE CROWD OF SEVERAL HUNDRED WHO CAME TO WITNESS THE HISTORIC MOMENT.

    BREATHITT OBSERVED THAT THE 1966 KENTUCKY CIVIL ??? WAS ONLY A BEGINNING.

    "ONLY IN THE HUMAN HEART CAN JUSTICE WIN THE FINAL VICTORY, HE SAID. "ONLY IN THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUAL MEN AND WOMEN CAN ??? FIND ULTIMATE SECURITY. WE HAVE MADE THAT BEGINNING."
    (ABOVE IS A 1ST LEAD TO SOME B-WIRE POINTS (420B) AND MAY BE PICKED UP IF DESIRED AT 5TH PGH: TO ADD TO)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1W3NGB1THPQIOF51WOG25F5X2
    Media URN:
    VLVA1W3NGB1THPQIOF51WOG25F5X2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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