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May2

Big Band & Jazz 2017

One of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert series, features great jazz... more
Mar29

Man o' War at 100

The International Museum of the Horse is celebrating Man o’ War’s 100th... more
Jun28

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! Featuring... more
Apr6

Thursday Night Live

Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands! Every Thursday... more
Jul2

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Jan23

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
Jul4

Big Band & Jazz 2017

Big Band & Jazz, one of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert... more
Jul4

Fourth of July Festival

Come downtown to celebrate America's independence! There will be a street festival,... more
Jul5

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! Featuring... more
Jul12

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! Featuring... more
Jul13

Keeneland Concours d'Elegance

 One hundred magnificent automobiles, fashion and art.... more
Jul13

Lexington Lions’ Club Bluegrass Fair

Carnival rides, grandstand shows, petting farm, games and shows. ... more
Jul14

BreyerFest

The annual model horse festival and horse fair for Breyer model horses brings together... more
Jul16

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Jul19

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! Featuring... more
Jul20

Lexington Restaurant Week

The best locally-owned restaurants strut their culinary stuff with multi-course meals at... more
Mar17

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
Jul26

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! Featuring... more
Jul30

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Aug4

Fountain Films on Friday

Movie: Mean Girls. Triangle Park will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater on... more
Aug12

Crave Lexington

Who's hungry? An epic festival of food and live music right here in good ol' Lexington,... more
Aug13

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Aug19

Woodland Art Fair

More than 150 artists and crafts people participate in this fresh air arts fair.... more
Aug26

MoonTower Music Festival

This year's line-up includes:  JJ Grey and Mofro, Cherub, Todd Snider & Great... more
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Old First Baptist Site

8.  Site of the Old First Baptist Church
corner of Short and Deweese

For decades, First Baptist--a legendary church--stood at the corner of Short and Deweese, "the heart of the African American" community.  It is "one of the oldest African American congregations in the state of Kentucky" and also has roots in the African Baptist church.  Established during slavery, the original First Baptist served as a major religious and cultural institution throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.  This celebrated house of worship has been referred to as "one of the connecting links in the underground railroad."  In the latter part of the 20th century, the historic church relocated to Price Road as First African Baptist.

Old1rsBaptistSite
Deweese and Short, formerly the site of First Baptist
Photo courtesy of Lexington  Convention and Visitors Bureau

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.