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Mar23

Road to the Horse/Ride the Remuda

Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Road To The Horse in 2017. Sarah Dawson,... more
Mar24

2017 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship

Championship games will be played at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY for the second time... more
Jan21

Keeneland Guided Tours

Let an experienced guide take you on a walking tour of Keeneland Race Course. Explore the... more
Mar25

Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test & Dressage

CKRH has grown into a multi-faceted program that is dedicated to enriching the community... more
Mar26

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
Mar29

Man o' War at 100

The International Museum of the Horse is celebrating Man o’ War’s 100th... more
Mar31

Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show

Jump start spring with fresh ideas from this annual show.... more
Apr1

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Academy

Spend a full day with Master Distiller Chris Morris or Master Taster Elizabeth O'Neill... more
Apr2

Byrne and Kelly Echoes

Come enjoy the sounds of the award-winning Irish duo Byrne and Kelly live at the Farish... more
Apr2

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Apr5

Red Barn Radio

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

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands!... more
Apr7

Keeneland Race Course Thoroughbred Racing

 Spring race meet. No racing on Mondays, Tuesdays or Easter.... more
Apr7

Woodford Reserve Keeneland Brunch & Distillery

Begin your race day with a tour and Kentucky brunch at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.... more
Apr9

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Apr9

Woodford Reserve Keeneland Brunch & Distillery

Begin your race day with a tour and Kentucky brunch at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.... more
Apr15

Cinderella

The Lexington Ballet brings the timeless tale of Cinderella to life in a production that... more
Apr17

Lexington Legends vs Greenville Drive

The Lexington Legends are a proud Single-A Affiliate of the Kansas City... more
Apr19

Magic Moments

Leonard, Coleman and Blunt lead singers of three of the most legendary vocal groups of... more
Apr21

Kentucky Crafted the Market

Experience 200 exhibitors of high quality art, literature, food, bluegrass and world... more
Apr22

Willy Wonka and The Lexington Dream Factory

Join Lexington Dream Factory for an evening of fun and Wonka-inspired mischief during... more
Apr23

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Apr27

Rolex Three Day Event

The only Four Star three-day equestrian event in the Western Hemisphere.... more
Apr28

A Garden Affair

Exhibitors from around the globe will feature the finest plants and garden accessories in... more
May2

Big Band & Jazz 2017

Big Band & Jazz, one of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert... more
May6

Kentucky Derby Party

Festivities include live music, pony rides, food and wagering!... more
May7

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
May13

Mayfest Arts Fair 2017

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

Sanctioned races over brush and timber.... more
May21

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
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Polk Dalton Infirmary

9.  Historic African American Health Center
Polk-Dalton Infirmary
148 Deweese
At 148 Deweese, in the center of the Lexington African American cultural and residential community, Dr. John Polk set up his medical practice from 1921 to 1931.  He was the first physician to have occupied the historic structure.  Dr. J.R. Dalton later established his medical practice in this building where he stayed for many decades.  Other African American doctors who joined him on Deweese (Dewees) Street included Dr. Henry Merchant who arrived during the Great Depression and Dr. Marshall Jones who set up his practice in the post-World War II period.  This landmark is presently the headquarters for the Lexington-Fayette County Urban League which had its grand opening in 1999.

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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.