Kentucky Humanities to paint Guthrie red in honor of Robert Penn Warren.
“He was such a literary and worldwide person,” muses Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall of one of his community’s famed sons, the celebrated author and first U.S. poet laureate Robert Penn Warren, who was born in Guthrie on April 24, 1905.
Marshall notes that Warren, whose works include the Pulitzer Prize-winning “All the King’s Men,” served as an example for his hometown, showing that even someone from a small agricultural community can reach unlimited heights in whatever he chooses to do.
“No matter where you’re from, you can achieve whatever greatness you seek,” observes Marshall, who will be among the featured speakers as Warren’s hometown marks his birthday and debuts a statewide literary initiative during ceremonies slated to begin at 11 a.m. April 24.
The event, titled “Paint the Town Red” in honor of Warren’s red hair, kicks off at the Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum on Cherry Street in Guthrie and ends with Todd County Central High School’s Rebel Band leading a procession to Pocket Park on Ewing Street, where refreshments will be served.
Kentucky Humanities is hosting the program and Bill Goodman, the agency’s executive director, will introduce its new initiative.
Spearheaded by Kentucky Humanities in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative is described by Brooke Raby, the Kentucky Humanities’ project manager, as a year-long effort that has generated excitement for the council and is “very centered around ‘All the King’s Men.’”