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Mar5

The Tales of Hoffmann

Presented by the UK Opera Theatre & Operalex.  Featuring tenors Gregory Turay... more
Mar6

Kentucky Crafted: The Market

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

American Saddlebreds

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This handsome chesnut gelding is Memories Silk, barn name Silks, an American Saddlebred.

From spring through fall Silks performs in the Horses of the World show for visitors ...

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Celebrating Arabians

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Here's a photo of Scout, an Arabian who is part of the Kentucky Horse Park's Horses of the World show during the summer season. You can see him now at the Breeds barn, along with ...

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Happy New Year 2015

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES,HORSES The Snowball Series Mounted Games competition takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park this Saturday and Sunday, January 3 and 4. It's a fun event for kids and teenagers to watch ...

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Wine + Market

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

Wine + Market

One of my favorite things about going to larger cities is the neighborhood markets and gourmet deli's. While I don't live downtown and this is not my neighborhood (yet...) an amazing ...

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Merry Christmas

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Santa Claus stopped by the Kentucky Horse Park to visit with some very special horses and their riders: the Horse Park's Mounted Police Unit, headed by Captain Lisa Rakes.

In ...

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Almost Christmas

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES The big draft horses that pull the trolleys at the Kentucky Horse Park look as though they are ready for Christmas. These sturdy Clydesdales and Percherons are favorites with the Horse ...

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Greentree Tearoom

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

The Greentree Tearoom is a hidden little gem here in Lexington, KY. Tucked away on West Short Street sits this adorable little green house, that is home to an antique shop and a tea room. 

The ...

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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.