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Featured Events

Jul24

Lexington Restaurant Week 2014

Venture out and celebrate Lexington's explosive cuisine scene!  Over 55 restuarants... more
Aug2

Shaker Village Craft Fair

The Shaker Village Craft Fair is one of the state's premier craft events.  The fair... more
Aug8

Well Crafted: Local Brews + Local Bands

This event brings together delicious flavors, soulful music, craft beers and tons of fun,... more
Aug16

AFB Woodland Art Fair

This is Lexington's largest, free, outdoor art event with over 65,000 visitors... more
Aug23

Charlie Daniels Band

The Kentucky Guard Memorial Fund presents Charlie Daniels Band with special guests, Sundy... more
Aug28

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

Five days of all-breed conformation, obedience & rally competition. ... more
Sep8

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

The September Sale is globally acknowledged as the Thoroughbred yearling auction, and... more
Sep13

Crave Lexington

Unique among music festivals, the Crave Lexington food + music makers’ festival... more
Sep26

Anderson County Burgoo Festival

Lots of burgoo, music, entertainment and vendors of all kinds.    Held in... more

Junior League Horse Show

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This year's edition will be the 78th annual Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show. This show means a lot to both the community and the American Saddlebred breeders, owners, and ...

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Happy Fourth of July

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Happy (Equine) Fourth of July! This handsome horse is Sneaky (proper name On Second Thought), who appears in the "Horses of the World Show" (held daily at 11AM and 2PM) at the ...

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Arabians and Carriages

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This pretty horse is an Arabian, part of the "Horses of the World" show, which is presented at the Kentucky Horse Park, daily at 11AM and 2PM.

Arabians are among the most ...

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Summer Horse Shows

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES It's not quite Summer, officially that is, but the Summer horse show season has gotten busier,now that June is here.

Many of these Summer horse shows are happening at the wonderful ...

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Horses of the World

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES One of my favorite parts of the Kentucky Horse Park is the Horses of the World show. Presented daily at 11AM and 2PM, the show features brief performances by several horses of ...

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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.