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Jul27

Lexington Legends vs Kannapolis Intimidators

The Lexington Legends are a proud Single A Affiliate of the Kansas City... more
Apr6

Thursday Night Live

Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands! Every Thursday... more
Apr21

Ghost Walk of Lexington - Haunted Tales and

Join Patti Starr, Certified Ghost Hunter, as she takes you on an unforgettable ghost walk... more
Jun16

Summer Nights In Suburbia

A summer concert series featuring genres to include jazz, bluegrass, indie rock, blues... more
Jul29

An Evening with Ben Sollee

Join for the signature event of the Summer Dinner Series at the Woodford Reserve... more
Jun17

Lexington Farmers' Market

The Lexington Farmers' Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
Jul30

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
May29

Southland Jamboree

Enjoy a free Bluegrass music concert, bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen to some... 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
Aug1

Evening Tea Tuesday at Waveland

Delicious tea and food served by period dressed interpreters on fine china. Once finished... more
Jul26

Lexington Farmers' Market

The Lexington Farmers' Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
Aug2

Red Barn Radio

Featuring:  Al, Alice & Ruth!  Enjoy traditional Bluegrass and Bluegrass... more
Aug3

Ballet Under the Stars

Come see the 28th annual Ballet Under the Stars! Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening... more
Aug4

Fountain Films on Friday

Movie: Mean Girls. Triangle Park will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater on... more
May5

Night Market

A monthly pop-up open air-market/street festival held on the first Friday of every month... more
Aug6

Market Days

A community market of local producers. Get everything from veggies to handmade home... more
Aug9

Feed the Soul Lunch & Music Series

Feed the Soul will feature buffet style food Lexington's Dupree Catering & Events... more
Aug9

Red Barn Radio

Featuring:  Michael Moeller!  Enjoy traditional Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel... 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
Aug16

Bluegrass Festival Horse Show

This 6-day hunter/jumper show is a part of the Kentucky Horse Show 2017 series. This... more
Aug16

Red Barn Radio

Featuring:  Richard Lynch!  Enjoy traditional Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel... more
Aug19

Woodland Art Fair

Shop over 200 artists, enjoy live music, Kentucky food, beer gardens, and create your... more
Aug21

Old Time Music Jam

Weekly jam session for enthusiasts of old time tunes and songs. Bring your instrument... more
Aug26

MoonTower Music Festival

This year's line-up includes:  JJ Grey and Mofro, Cherub, Todd Snider & Great... more
Aug29

Lexington Legends vs Augusta Greenjackets

The Lexington Legends are a proud Single-A Affiliate of the Kansas City... more
Aug31

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

Five days of all-breed conformation and obedience competition sponsored by the Lexington... more
Sep1

Lexington Fest-of-Ales

Come out to the 9th Annual Lexington Fest of Ales - Lexington's premier beer tasting... more
Sep8

Martina McBride

The multiple Grammy® nominee has sold over 18 million albums to date, including 20... more
Sep9

Waveland Art Fair

Come browse, shop and meet some of Kentucky's top artists and their work. Enjoy the tour... more
Sep10

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Sep11

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

This sale attracts buyers from all over the world. Spectators welcome. ... more
Sep13

Jefferson Street Soiree

The Jefferson Street Soiree is back and is sure to be another exciting evening downtown!... more
Mar17

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
Sep15

Women Writers Conference

The longest running annual festival of women writers in the nation, showcasing the... more
Sep18

Old Time Music Jam

Weekly jam session for enthusiasts of old time tunes and songs. Bring your instrument... more
Sep20

Kentucky National Hunter Jumper Show

Alltech Arena, Rolex Stadium, HJ Complex, Covered Arena, Walnut Ring.  ... more
Sep24

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.