Kentucky Capitol will get its first life-sized statue of a woman

Nettie Depp became schools superintendent in 1913

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Capitol will soon have its first life-sized statue of a woman.

State officials will erect a statue of Nettie Depp, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Depp was elected superintendent of Barren County schools in 1913, seven years before women were allowed to vote.

The statue will not go in the rotunda, which has five statues of men including Kentucky natives Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Instead, it will be placed in the west side of the building on the first floor.

The statue is paid for with private donations. Artist Amanda Matthews, who is Depp’s great-great niece, is making the 6-foot statue out of bronze.

Historic Properties Director Leslie Nigels said it will be Kentucky’s first statue on government property honoring a woman.

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