An iron door from the prison that once held Gen. John Hunt Morgan has gone missing, and a Lexington historic group is seeking the public's help to find it before it gets scrapped.
The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the safe return of the 400-pound relic, which was stolen from the Hunt-Morgan House, according to a news release.
The theft was reported to Lexington police Monday, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. The door, which was stored outside, apparently was taken sometime over the weekend.
The door is between 6 and 7 feet tall and about 3 feet wide. It is composed of metal latticework and is badly rusted.
At one time, the door kept prisoners in a cell at Ohio State Penitentiary, which housed Gen. Morgan during the Civil War.
Morgan was a Confederate cavalryman and a member of one of Lexington's founding families.
He reportedly escaped from the prison after he was captured by a Union general and was held there in 1863.
Burl McCoy of Morgan's Men — an association of the descendants of the men who rode with Gen. Morgan — donated the door to the Blue Grass Trust, the release said. The door has "significant historical significance," it said.
Roberts said detectives would check with local scrap yards to see if the door turned up.
"Hopefully, with the publicity this is getting, these businesses will keep an eye out for it," she said.
Can you help?
Anyone with information about the stolen door, right, is asked to call the Blue Grass Trust at (859) 253-0362 or Lexington police at (859) 258-3600. A $500 reward is offered. The door is 6 to 7 feet tall, 3 feet wide and weighs about 400 pounds.