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Featured Events

Apr18

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
Apr30

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Scott Said!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
May1

Derby Eve Lexington

The Inaugural Derby Eve Lexington, Central Kentucky's Largest Derby Party, will be held... more
May2

Derby Day Breakfast

Waveland State Historic Site will be hosting a special Derby Day Breakfast at 10 a.m.... more
May7

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Swells!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
May10

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
May14

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Chris Campbell Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
May15

Maserati Mingle at Court House Square

Sponsored by Maserati of Cincinnati, and will feature a variety of exotic automobiles,... more
May16

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
May17

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
May21

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Boogie G & The Titanics!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
May24

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
May28

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Ralph Curtis and The Nashville Imposters!  Beverages, food from local... more
May30

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
Jun4

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Trendells!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jun6

Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour

The Lexington Council Garden Clubs offers a "Peek Behind the Garden Gate" on... more
Jun7

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
Jun11

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Thumper Rewind!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jun18

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Johnson Brothers!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jun25

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Rebel Without A Cause!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more

April in the Bluegrass

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES April brings to Bluegrass Horse Country two major events that drawattention in equine circles worldwide.

The first event is Keeneland's Spring Racing Meet, going on now through April ...

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Date Night Out

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

Where to go for date night...the ultimate Love, Lexington question.

It usually goes a little somthing like this: "We have a night without the kids...where can we go for a speical dinner?" or "It's our ...

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On the Mint Julep

by Robbie, Bourbon Blogger

For purists, it's a sacrilege, a criminal waste of good bourbon. For traditionalists, it's the toast of the season, especially in Kentucky. For good sports (like me), it's something you are obliged ...

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Cute Foals and More

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Foaling season for Thoroughbreds begins January 1--that's thesame birthday that all Thoroughbreds share. They continue to arrive until June.(Arabians and other breeds have their foals ...

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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.