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Mar29

Man o' War at 100

The International Museum of the Horse is celebrating Man o’ War’s 100th... more
Apr6

Thursday Night Live

Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands! Every Thursday... more
May28

Tunes in the Vines

A bottle of wine, good friends and great music are the perfect blend for Sunday... more
Jan23

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
May2

Big Band & Jazz 2017

One of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert series, features great jazz... more
May3

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! ... more
Jun1

Great American Brass Band Festival

World-class bands come together in what has been called "the most prominent and... more
Jun4

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Jun4

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Jun8

Festival of the Bluegrass

This annual jamboree features the best Bluegrass bands in Kentucky and top national... more
Jun18

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Jun25

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Jul2

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Jul4

Big Band & Jazz 2017

Big Band & Jazz, one of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert... more
Jul4

Fourth of July Festival

Come downtown to celebrate America's independence! There will be a street festival,... more
Jul13

Keeneland Concours d'Elegance

 One hundred magnificent automobiles, fashion and art.... more
Jul13

Lexington Lions’ Club Bluegrass Fair

Carnival rides, grandstand shows, petting farm, games and shows. ... more
Jul14

BreyerFest

The annual model horse festival and horse fair for Breyer model horses brings together... more
Jul16

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Jul20

Lexington Restaurant Week

The best locally-owned restaurants strut their culinary stuff with multi-course meals at... more
Mar17

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
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Cheapside

3. Cheapside

During the dark era of slavery in Kentucky, the section of town in Lexington known as "cheapside" became the largest slave-trading locality in the state.  In fact, the area was one of the most well known of the slave market districts in the South.  Africans were beaten and families were separated forever as they were auctioned and sold in the courtyard.  According to historical narratives, President Abraham Lincoln once observed the selling of slaves at this site.  In the post-war period, "cheapside" served as a public square and a market.  This photograph shows a court day in November 1887.

Old Cheapside

Used by permission:
Audio-Visual Archives, Special Collections,
University of Kentucky Libraries

Click on each number to learn more about these 10 sites.

1. Main Street Baptist Church, 582 West Main Street
2. "Forgotten Pioneers," A doctor's office that was located at 118 North Broadway
3. Cheapside
4. Historic Pleasant Green, 540 West Maxwell Street
5. Baptism scene, between Bolivar and Scott Streets
6. Home of Isaac Murphy, Eastern Street
7. St. Paul AME Church, 251-253 North Upper Street
8. Old First Baptist site, corner of Short and DeWeese
9. Polk-Dalton Infirmary, 148 DeWeese
10. East Second Street Christian Church, 146 Constitution Street

Click on each number to learn more about these 10 sites.

Click here to the print the African American Heritage Trail in pdf format. (4 pages)

Doris Wilkinson, Retired
Department of Sociology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0027

Click here for selected references on Lexington's African American Heritage.