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Jan13

Black Bone

An exhibition of visual artists and poets sharing how those connected to Affrilachia tell... more
Jan20

Boots in the Bluegrass

An inspiring and patriotic evening celebrating and raising funds for our veterans and... more
Jan20

Pippin

PIPPIN is a high-flying hit Broadway musical!  Full of extraordinary acrobatics,... more
Jan21

The January Ball: A Speakeasy

Lexington's beautiful Loudoun House will be transformed into the swankiest speakeasy this... more
Jan26

UK Women's Basketball vs Ole Miss

Join the fans of the UK Women's Basketball team as they take on Ole... more
Jan28

UK vs Kansas

Cheer on the University of Kentucky men's basketball team. Go Wildcats! ... more
Feb3

1964: The Tribute

Since the early 80's, "1964": The Tribute has been thrilling audiences all over... more
Feb9

Into The Woods

  Mind the wolf, heed the witch, and honor the giant in the... more
Feb9

Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show

Shake off the cabin fever and enjoy great outdoor products, exclusive deals, and... more
Feb10

Carmen

Romantic Spanish works by Piazzolla, Granados, and Bizet return to the LexPhil season in... more
Feb12

Russian String Orchestra

Chamber Music Society of Central Kentucky.  Expect glorious sound and musicianship... more
Feb14

Justin Hayward Acoustic Concert

Hear the legendary Moody Blues' guitarist and vocalist. His songs have mesmerized fans... more
Feb17

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and... more
Feb20

Presidents' Day at the Mary Todd Lincoln House

The event will include games and activities focusing on the Lincolns’ family... more
Feb24

The Barber of Seville

Rossini's perfectly honed treasure survived a famously disastrous opening night to become... more
Feb25

The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963

This powerful story based on the Newbery Honor Book by Christopher Paul Curtis follows... more
Feb28

UK vs Vanderbilt

Cheer on the UK men's basketball team as they take on Vanderbilt! ... more
Mar3

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show

 Featuring over 40 distinguished dealers and garden specialists.... more
Mar10

Lexington Comic & Toy Convention

The midwest's most awesome weekend of geekery. Comics, magazines, gaming, anime,... more
Mar11

Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival

Leprechauns and shamrocks will be spotted along Main Street. Entertainment all day.... more
Mar15

Boys Sweet Sixteen Tournament

Kentucky High School Athletic Association state basketball tournament.... 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.