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Name the New Downtown Louisville Bridge After Thomas Merton

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Thomas Merton may be Kentucky’s most famous author. His books on peace, racial unity, ecology and dialogue have been published in more than 30 languages — and there are more in print now than at the time of his death nearly 50 years ago.

Louisville and Kentucky are known around the world thanks to Merton’s work, and especially for his famous epiphany at the corner of Fourth and Walnut (Muhammad Ali Blvd) illuminating the unity of each and every member of the human race. The Abbey at Gethsemani in Nelson County where he lived and wrote, and The Merton Center at Bellarmine University, which houses his papers and artifacts, are international beacons to Merton’s inspiring works.

In his recent historic address to Congress, Pope Francis said that Merton is one of the four greatest Americans — along with Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dorothy Day. The Pope celebrated Merton as “a promoter of peace between peoples and religions” and as “a man of dialogue.”

Dialogue builds bridges. Surely now is the moment for Louisville to embrace this great American by naming a prominent structure in Merton’s honor.

We therefore propose that the new downtown Ohio River Bridge be named the Thomas Merton Bridge.

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