Loretta Lynn among 16 to get freedom medal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country music legend Loretta Lynn will be among 16 people that President Barack Obama will venerate later this year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The White House made the announcement this week.

Loretta Lynn was born in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and chronicled her life in an autobiography and song, both titled “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Oprah Winfrey will also be among those receiving a medal. Winfrey grew up in Nashville and got her start in broadcasting in the city.

President John F. Kennedy created the medal 50 years ago. It’s the highest honor the U.S. bestows on civilians.

In the five decades since, more than 500 people have been recognized for contributions to society of all stripes.