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Featured Events

Oct24

Haunted Train Ride

Haunted Halloween Train Ride!  Enjoy an 11 mile, 90 minute round trip train... more
Oct3

Keeneland Fall Race Meet

No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. See live Thoroughbred racing at the most elegant race... more
Oct28

Alltech National Horse Show

The National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established... more
Oct29

The Kentucky Experience

A partnership of the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, Phelps Media Group, Rood... more
Nov20

Comedy Mania

Fun for the entire family! An incredible lineup includes comedians Sinbad, Bill Engvall,... more
Nov21

21st. Annual Southern Lights

The 21st. Annual Southern Lights includes a self-guided 4-mile journey through a... more
Nov28

Luminate Lexington Festival

Festivities begin at 2 PM and continue through the afternoon with food vendors, arts and... more
Nov29

The Blessing of the Hounds

Join Shaker Village and the Woodford Hounds fox hunters for their annual Blessing of the... more
Dec7

Holiday Candlelight Tour

Enjoy live music on a self-guided tour of the mansion and refreshments in the Keeper's... more
Dec14

Candy Cane Concert

This year's concert, "Holiday Dance Mix" features the Bluegrass Youth Ballet,... more
Dec14

Holiday Celebration of Song

Head downtown to the atrium of The Square to hear The UK Opera Theatre breathe new life... more

Apple Picking

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

It’s Fall Y’all! That means cooler temps (sometimes…), beautiful fall colors in the trees, pumpkins, corn mazes…and my favorite-Apple Picking!

 

This past ...

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Keeneland and Much More

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES The opening week of Keeneland's Fall Racing Meet wasn't a lucky draw as far as the weather went, but there was still plenty of excitement for fans who bundled up and braved the ...

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It's Keeneland Time

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Keeneland's 2014 Fall Racing Meet breaks from the starting gate in full stride starting today, October 3, and continuing through Saturday, October 25.Post time is 1:05PM and there is ...

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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.