First Female Statue Unveiled in Frankfort

Today Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman & First Lady Britainy Beshear unveiled the first female statue honoring Nettie Depp was unveiled in Frankfort.

Born on November 21, 1874, Barren County, Nettie Bayless Courts Depp was the daughter of John Burks Depp, a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, and Mariba Elizabeth Reneau. One of six children, she was educated in the Barren County common schools and graduated from the Liberty Female College Glasgow. In 1908, Depp received a degree in education from the Western Kentucky State Normal School (later Western Kentucky University) and was the first Barren County student to earn from the institution.

Throughout her professional career as an educator, Depp supported fair pay for schoolteachers and was a tireless advocate for public education.

In 1914, she took the helm as Superintendent of the Barren County Schools, becoming the first female public official in the county. She later served as principal of the Cave City School until 1923. When serving as principal of Scottsville High School in Allen County, her career in public education was cut short due to illness in 1931. Depp died of breast cancer in 1932 at the age of 57.

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The sculptor of the statue is Amanda Matthews.