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Mar28

Beauty and the Beast

Presented by the Kentucky Ballet Theatre.  Beauty, a young girl pure of heart, whose... more
Apr24

The Kentucky Reining Cup

Now in its fifth year, the Kentucky Reining Cup will be in conjunction with the esteemed... more
May1

Derby Eve Lexington

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

Road to the Horse 2015

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES There's a lot on the line in this year's Road to theHorse, the world championship colt starting event going on now throughSunday, March 29, at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The winner will ...

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A Remuda of Colts

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES The colts are coming! Not the Indianapolis pro football team,but a group of young American Quarter Horse colts who have had minimal contact with people.

These colts are part of a remuda ...

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Tony's of Lexington

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

The newst addition to The Square is the much anticipated, fine dining establishment from the Cincinnati icon, Tony Ricci: Tony's of Lexington.

Opening just a few weeks ago, Tony's will quickly become ...

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Harness Horse Festival

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Finally winter's grip has loosened and it's warm enough for a special equine event at the Kentucky Horse Park!

The Harness Horse Festival will be held Friday, March 13, to Saturday, ...

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Go For Gin

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Whenever I'm at the Kentucky Horse Park I take the time to walk up the hill to spend some time with the horses who are members of the Hall of Champions

Their barn is attractive ...

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The Weekly Juicery

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

The Weekly Juicery, located on Old Vine Street, was one of the first of now three locations in the state of Kentucky (with locations also in Louisville and Cincinnati). While there are many different ...

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American Mustangs

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES These two friendly-looking horses are Gilligan and Desan. The two American Mustang geldings are recent additions to the Kentucky Horse Park.

American Mustangs are descended ...

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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.