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Apr7

Keeneland Race Course Thoroughbred Racing

 Spring race meet. No racing on Mondays, Tuesdays or Easter.... more
Mar29

Man o' War at 100

The International Museum of the Horse is celebrating Man o’ War’s 100th... more
Jan23

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
Apr12

Day At The Races Tour

An all-day experience of Thoroughbred racing at its finest. Enjoy a trackside view of... more
Apr26

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! Featuring:... more
Apr27

A Garden Affair

Set outside amongst the museum's idyllic location in the heart of the bluegrass horse... more
Apr6

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands! Every Thursday... more
Apr27

Rolex Three Day Event

The only Four Star three-day equestrian event in the Western Hemisphere.... more
May2

Big Band & Jazz 2017

One of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert series, features great jazz... more
May3

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! ... more
May4

The Fox On The Fairway

A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English... more
May6

Derby Day Breakfast

This special, elegant Derby menu is a Kentucky exclusive and will be offered in the... more
May6

Kentucky Derby Party

Festivities include live music, pony rides, food and wagering! Known as the largest Derby... more
May7

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
May9

Evening Tea Tuesday at Waveland

Delicious tea and food served by period dressed interpreters on fine china. Once finished... more
May13

Mayfest Arts Fair 2017

Mayfest is a juried art fair with a focus on casual, family-friendly atmosphere. ... more
May13

Southland Street Fair

The whole family is invited out to one of Lexington's hottest and most eclectic... more
May14

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Mar17

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
May21

High Hope Steeplechase

Head out to the Kentucky Horse Park for the 49th running of the High Hope Steeplechase! A... more
May21

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
May27

Annual Kentucky High School Invitational Rodeo

 The best high school athletes in the region compete over three days.... more
May28

Tunes in the Vines

A bottle of wine, good friends and great music are the perfect blend for Sunday... more
Jun1

Great American Brass Band Festival

World-class bands come together in what has been called "the most prominent and... more
Jun4

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Jun4

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Jun8

Festival of the Bluegrass

This annual jamboree features the best Bluegrass bands in Kentucky and top national... more
Jun18

LexBrunch 2017

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

4.Historic Pleasant Green Baptist Church

540 West Maxwell

Referred to as the "oldest Baptist church west of the Allegheny Mountains," the roots of Pleasant Green were planted in 1790--the year that the first census of the United States was taken.  The slave, "Old Captain," Peter Duerett, is credited with having founded the first African Baptist Church in Lexington.  In 1822, the land was conveyed to slaves.  The present church at West Maxwell changed its name to "Pleasant Green" in 1829.  The landmark building was completed following the stock market crash that launched the beginning of the Great Depression.

Pgreen
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.