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Featured Events

Nov21

21st. Annual Southern Lights

The 21st Annual Southern Lights includes a self-guided four mile journey through a... more
Nov7

Unified Trust Company Ice Rink

Tis the season for ice skating!  Enjoy 90 minutes on the ice!  Monday-Friday 4... 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

Tree Lighting at 5 p.m.  Enjoy live music on a self-guided tour of the mansion and... more
Dec13

Photos with Santa

Have your photo taken with Santa!  The campus is also offering Free gift wrapping... 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
Dec26

Holiday Candlelight Tour

Enjoy live music on a self-guided tour of the mansion and refreshments in the Keeper's... more
Jan23

Guys and Dolls

Presented by Broadway Live & The Opera House Fund.  Bustling with gamblers,... more

The Breeds Barn

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Things are quieter now at the Kentucky Horse Park since it began operating on its winter schedule. That means that the Horse Park is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 9AM-5PM, and ...

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The National Horse Show

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Only two days are left of the National Horse Show which is in its fourth annual appearance at the Kentucky Horse Park in the warm Alltech Arena. Just today and tomorrow remain 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.