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Some eastern Kentucky officials push for Eula Hall statue

September 6, 2021 GMT

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Some eastern Kentucky officials have begun pushing to get a statue of a woman who helped bring healthcare to a remote area of Appalachia placed at the state Capitol.

Eula Hall founded the Mud Creek Clinic in the small community of Grethel in 1973 and worked there until she died earlier this year at the age of 93. The clinic is now known as the Eula Hall Health Center.

Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton told WYMT-TV that the City Council passed a resolution seeking to have her statue placed in the Capitol rotunda.

“She deserves it. She did as much for this area in the health field and taking care of people as anybody ever has,” Stapleton said.

Prestonsburg attorney Ned Pillersdorf said Floyd County officials are expected to vote on a similar resolution.

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When Hall died, her contributions to healthcare in the region were noted by many, including U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, who said her experience with poverty led to to dedicate her life “to ensuring every person had access to medical care, regardless of their ability to pay for services or prescriptions.”

Stapleton said everyone could learn from Hall’s persistence in the face of adversity and hopes a statue would inspire others.