Contents of US Rep. Ken Gray museum to go to college

MARION, Ill. (AP) — A museum in southern Illinois bearing the name of the late former U.S. Rep. Kenneth J. Gray has closed, and its contents are going to a college in his hometown. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports the Ken Gray Presidential Museum closed Saturday. The museum at Illinois Star Centre Mall had been open since 2010. Gray’s widow, the Rev. Margaret Holley-Gray, donated his collection to Morthland College in his hometown of West Frankfort. Stephanie Parton, the college’s vice president of campus development, says the school will preserve the items, which includes letters, newspaper clippings and photos of presidents he served under and those he didn’t. College officials said some materials will be displayed primarily in its library. Gray was known as the “Prince of Pork” for bringing projects to his district. He died in 2014 at age 89.