Louisville museum plans exhibit devoted to Thomas Merton

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Louisville museum is planning an exhibit focused on the influence and legacy of Thomas Merton.

The Frazier History Museum says the exhibit will open to the public on Jan. 31, on what would have been Merton’s 101st birthday.

Visitors will learn more about Merton’s 27 years as a Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey, near Bardstown.

The museum is partnering with Bellarmine University for the exhibit.

The exhibit will display photographs taken by Merton, as well as photographs of the spiritual leader taken by Kentucky photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and photographs taken by Courier-Journal photographers during the civil-rights movement in Louisville. Also on display will be artifacts and personal clothing, including a jean jacket, robes and monastic wear. Visitors will read correspondence between Merton and Coretta Scott King.