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Mar29

Man o' War at 100

The International Museum of the Horse is celebrating Man o’ War’s 100th... more
Mar31

Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show

Jump start spring with fresh ideas from this annual show.... more
Apr1

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Academy

Spend a full day with Master Distiller Chris Morris or Master Taster Elizabeth O'Neill... more
Apr2

Byrne and Kelly Echoes

Come enjoy the sounds of the award-winning Irish duo Byrne and Kelly live at the Farish... more
Apr2

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Apr3

Kentucky Horse Park Youth Riding Camp

Parents: plan your vacation to Lexington around a unique horse experience for your... more
Jan23

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
Apr5

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! Featuring:... more
Apr6

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands!... more
Apr7

Keeneland Race Course Thoroughbred Racing

 Spring race meet. No racing on Mondays, Tuesdays or Easter.... more
Apr7

Woodford Reserve Keeneland Brunch & Distillery

Begin your race day with a tour and Kentucky brunch at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.... more
Apr9

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Apr9

Woodford Reserve Keeneland Brunch & Distillery

Begin your race day with a tour and Kentucky brunch at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.... more
Apr12

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! Featuring:... more
Apr13

Belle Brezing & the Gilded Age of the Bluegrass

Brezing, who was born in 1860 and died in 1940, was a well-known and well-connected madam... more
Apr13

Lexington Legends vs West Virginia Power

The Lexington Legends are the Single-A affiliate of the American League Kansas City... more
Apr15

Cinderella

The Lexington Ballet brings the timeless tale of Cinderella to life in a production that... more
Apr17

Lexington Legends vs Greenville Drive

The Lexington Legends are a proud Single-A Affiliate of the Kansas City... more
Apr19

Magic Moments

Leonard, Coleman and Blunt lead singers of three of the most legendary vocal groups of... more
Apr19

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! Featuring:... more
Apr22

Kentucky Crafted the Market

A one-of-a-kind arts extravaganza showcasing the best in art, craft, music, books,... more
Apr22

Willy Wonka and The Lexington Dream Factory

Join Lexington Dream Factory for an evening of fun and Wonka-inspired mischief during... more
Apr23

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Apr26

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! Featuring:... more
Apr27

Rolex Three Day Event

The only Four Star three-day equestrian event in the Western Hemisphere.... more
Apr28

A Garden Affair

Exhibitors from around the globe will feature the finest plants and garden accessories in... more
May2

Big Band & Jazz 2017

Big Band & Jazz, one of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert... more
May3

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! ... more
May6

Kentucky Derby Party

Festivities include live music, pony rides, food and wagering!... more
May7

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
May13

Mayfest Arts Fair 2017

Mayfest is a juried art fair with a focus on casual, family-friendly atmosphere. ... more
May14

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Mar17

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
May21

High Hope Steeplechase

Sanctioned races over brush and timber.... more
May21

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
May27

Annual Kentucky High School Invitational Rodeo

 The best high school athletes in the region compete over three days.... more
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African American Doctors: Lexington, KY

2. Forgotten Pioneers: African American doctors in Lexington

118 North Broadway

In the early part of the twentieth century, several African American doctors practiced in Lexington.  Many were in the building at 118 North Broadway near West Main Street.  The distinguished structure once housed the offices of such well-known physicians as Obed Cooley, John E. Hunter, Nathaniel Ridley, and Joseph Laine from Clark County (Winchester).  W.T. Dinwiddie--a dentist--also had his office in the building.  Some of these doctors were at the location from 1909-1930--a period in the country's economic and political history that included World War I and the Great Depression.

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Photo courtesy of Doris Wilkinson

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.