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Featured Events

Sep1

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

Four days of all-breed conformation, obedience & rally competition. ... more
Sep1

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Mercy Men!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Sep1

Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival

Graded as one of the top 10 festivals in Kentucky, Roots and Heritage Festival won't... more
Sep3

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad Civil War Train

Step back in time aboard our Civil War Train.  Don't be surprised if they run into a... more
Sep8

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Ralph Curtis and the Nashville Imposters!  Beverages, food from local... more
Sep9

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents

It's time for your family to be amazed by all the X-traordinary things you know and... more
Sep12

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

This sale attracts buyers from all over the world.  Spectators welcome!... more
Sep14

Jefferson Street Soiree

The Jefferson Street Soiree is back and is sure to be another exciting evening... more
Sep15

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Superfecta!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Sep16

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
Sep22

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Big Black Cadillac!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Sep22

Myths, Memories, and Mrs. Lincoln

Reservations required. This special evening guided tour will look at misinformation about... more
Sep24

Ronald McDonald Clown Train

Ronald will entertain as only he can do.  He will be passing out free Happy Meal... more
Sep29

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Blind Corn Liquor Pickers!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Sep30

Black Jacket Symphony

The Beatles "Revolver".  A unique concert experience which recreates... more
Oct6

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Mike Archer Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Oct7

Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing

No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. See live Thoroughbred racing at the most elegant race... more
Oct13

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Vinyl Richie!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Oct14

The Bourbon Chase

An overnight relay adventure.  Teams of runners cover 200 miles of scenic byways... more

James Burnie Beck

by Stuart, History Blogger

During the 19th century, the Scottish-born James B. Beck was a Lexington lawyer and a respected national politician.

Born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, on February 13, 1822, Beck received his early ...

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Link, the Percheron

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This handsome horse is Link, who is new to theBreeds Barn at the Kentucky Horse Park this year.

Link, who stands about 18 hands tall, is a Percheron, whichis one of the breeds of the ...

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Accident or Murder?

by Stuart, History Blogger

In 1854, a New York Times article described the death of Lexington resident James O. Frazer. Although Frazer's demise appeared to be accidental, both Frazer's wife and his overseer were later ...

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Isaac Murphy

6. Isaac Murphy
(1861-1896)

Born on a horse farm in Lexington, Isaac (Burns) Murphy is well known in the history of Thoroughbred racing.  A leading jockey of his time, Murphy's family once lived in downtown Lexington on "Jordan's Row," which "faced the public square." (In 1805, Henry Clay's law office was also located on "Jordan's Row," the present day 110-112 North Upper.)  Later, Murphy lived on Megowan Street near the Thoroughbred Park.  In 1884, 1890 and 1891, he won the Kentucky Derby.  Murphy is buried in the Kentucky Horse Park cemetery on Iron Works Pike where his remains were moved in 1977.

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Photo courtesy of Kentucky State
University Special Collections & Archives

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.