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Featured Events

Jun2

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Trendells!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jun2

Great American Brass Band Festival

World-class bands come together in what has been called "the most prominent and... more
Jun9

43rd Annual Festival of the Bluegrass

Annual jamboree featuring the best Bluegrass bands in Kentucky and top national... more
Jun9

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Johnson Brothers!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jun16

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Tony and the Tan Lines!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Jun17

It's a Grand Night for Singing

Presented by UK Opera Theatre.  A Grand Night for Singing is a musical revue... more
Jun23

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Boogie G and the Titanics!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Jun25

Ronald McDonald Clown Train

Ronald will entertain as only he can do. He will be passing out free Happy... more
Jun30

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Flashback!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Jul1

4th of July Festival

Enjoy fireworks, food, music, dancing, vending and a parade! The annual 4th of July... more
Jul7

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Five Below Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jul14

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Better Off Dead!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jul14

Keeneland Concours d' Elegance

The annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance will again be held at the beautiful Keeneland... more
Jul14

Lexington Lions' Club Bluegrass Fair

Enjoy Carnival rides, grandstand shows, petting farm, games, food and much more!... more
Jul21

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Twiggenburys!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jul22

27th Annual Breyerfest

The weekend celebration is the intersection of the real horse world and the model horse... more
Jul28

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Tim Talbert Project!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jul29

Jurassic Quest Dinosaur Expo

Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family.  A brand new... more

Lightning Strikes Twice

by Stuart, History Blogger

It has been said that lightning never strikes the same place twice. Unless it's the Henry Clay monument in the Lexington Cemetery.

Two lightning strikes that damaged the monument--in 1903 and ...

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Rolex Ky Three Day Event

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Keeneland's Spring Racing Meet is almostto the finish line (Friday, April 29 is the final day),but another major Bluegrass equine event starts Thursday,April 28.

The Rolex Kentucky ...

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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.