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Part of late Illinois congressman’s collection missing

September 27, 2018

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) — A closed private college’s lawyer says part of a political memorabilia collection from the late southern Illinois Congressman Ken Gray is missing.

Gray’s widow gave the collection two years ago to Morthland College in West Frankfort. Gray represented the area in Congress for 24 years during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

School attorney Aaron Hopkins tells The Southern Illinoisan the building storing the collection was broken into earlier this year, but he didn’t know what was taken.

West Frankfort police gave its reports to the FBI, which declined to comment.

Gray’s widow says she saw men moving items from the building in August. Margaret Holley-Gray says she took Gray’s bow tie, passport and some other things from the trash but doesn’t know what happened with rest of the collection.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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