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Mar6

Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Nowhere in Kentucky, let alone the nation, will you find such a convergence of high... more
Mar5

The Tales of Hoffmann

Presented by the UK Opera Theatre & Operalex.  Featuring tenors Gregory Turay... more
Mar13

Lexington Comic and Toy Convention 2015

Geekin' it up in Lexington again! ... more
Mar19

Kronos Quartet

An unforgettable night of music with America’s preeminent chamber quartet, the... more
Mar26

Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience

Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience reinvents the ordinary tribute show with an... more
Mar28

Beauty and the Beast

Presented by the Kentucky Ballet Theatre.  Beauty, a young girl pure of heart, whose... more

Go For Gin

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Whenever I'm at the Kentucky Horse Park I take the time to walk up the hill to spend some time with the horses who are members of the Hall of Champions

Their barn is attractive ...

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The Weekly Juicery

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

The Weekly Juicery, located on Old Vine Street, was one of the first of now three locations in the state of Kentucky (with locations also in Louisville and Cincinnati). While there are many different ...

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American Mustangs

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES These two friendly-looking horses are Gilligan and Desan. The two American Mustang geldings are recent additions to the Kentucky Horse Park.

American Mustangs are descended ...

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Isaac Murphy

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES,HORSES In the month set aside to consider the contributions to American history by African Americans, it is fitting to call attention to a black American who did so much for Thoroughbred ...

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Pies + Pints

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

 

Lexington welcomes Pies + Pints to it's family of downtown restaurants. Making it's home in The Square (former Victorian Square), the space is full of exposed brick, murals, lighted BEER and ...

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The Year of the Horse

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES By the Chinese lunar calendar the Year of the Horse is almost over.

(Of course those of us who live here in the Bluegrass consider every year to be the Year of the Horse--even ...

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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.

IsaacMurphy
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.