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Reward is doubled for John Hunt Morgan prison door

The reward has doubled for information leading to the return of a prison door that was stolen from the Hunt-Morgan House in Lexington.

Lexington businesswoman Debra Hensley matched the existing $500 reward Wednesday, raising it to $1,000, according to a news release from the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation.

The 400-pound iron door from the prison that held Gen. John Hunt Morgan during the civil war was stolen from the trust's Hunt-Morgan House over the weekend.

The door has "considerable historic significance," the release said. At one time, the door kept prisoners in a cell at Ohio State Penitentiary, which housed Morgan, a Confederate cavalryman and a member of one of Lexington's founding families.

Morgan reportedly escaped from the prison in the 1860s.

Anyone with information about the stolen door is asked to call the Blue Grass Trust at (859) 253-0362 or Lexington police at (859) 258-3600.

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