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Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing

No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. See live Thoroughbred racing at the most elegant race... more

Keeneland's Behind the Scenes Racing Tour

Experience an early morning tour featuring an insider's look at the Jockey's Quarters,... more

Disturbia at the Distillery

It's a night of dinner, drams and drama!  The night starts with the popular Ghost... more

Fourth Friday

The Lexington Art League is honored to participate in the city-wide celebration of artist... more

"House Divided" Cemetery Walking Tours

Offered by the Mary Todd Lincoln House, the tour features graves of both soldiers and... more

CP National Horse Show

A week-long championship event held indoors at the Alltech Arena, Featuring... more

Night Market

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

Big in the Bluegrass

This music concert features the blind Boys of Alabama, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and... more

Elf the Musical

The hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag... more

23rd Annual Southern Lights

The 23rd Annual Southern Lights includes a self-guided four mile journey through a... more

LexArts Gallery Hop

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

Holiday Live

Holiday Market, Holiday LIVE! and Lexington's Official Tree Lighting Festival all take... more

A Kentucky Christmas

The illumination begins at 5:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Enjoy... more

Lexington Christmas Parade

Love a Christmas parade? Wave to Santa and other celebrants at the Lexington Christmas... more

Handel's Messiah

Hear the holiday classic performed by The Lexington Singers and enjoy the 150-plus voice... more

The Nutcracker

Lexington Ballet's Nutcracker will be performed on December 10 and 17 at 2:00 pm and 8:00... more

Visit Santa at the Distillery

Have your children get their wish list ready for Santa as you celebrate the season... more

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

The ultimate holiday tradition, this has been one of America's favorite holiday tradition... more

James Burnie Beck

by Stuart, History Blogger

During the 19th century, the Scottish-born James B. Beck was a Lexington lawyer and a respected national politician.

Born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, on February 13, 1822, Beck received his early ...


Link, the Percheron

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This handsome horse is Link, who is new to theBreeds Barn at the Kentucky Horse Park this year.

Link, who stands about 18 hands tall, is a Percheron, whichis one of the breeds of the ...


Accident or Murder?

by Stuart, History Blogger

In 1854, a New York Times article described the death of Lexington resident James O. Frazer. Although Frazer's demise appeared to be accidental, both Frazer's wife and his overseer were later ...


Selected References

African American Heritage Trail in Downtown Lexington by Doris Wilkinson

Selected References

Borries, B.E. Isaac Murphy: Kentucky's Record Jockey.   Berea, Kentucky: Kentucke Imprints, 1988.

Hopkins, S. "Down memory lane: A place in history." Lexington Herald-Leader (March 22,2000).

Lacer, B.  "Professor revisits her past."  Kentucky Kernel (November 25, 1996).

Lexington-Fayette County Historic Commission, "Henry Clay's Building"/ William w. Worsley Printing House.  Kentucky Historic Resources Inventory, June 1979.  Site No. Fa-LDT-193.

McIntyre, L.  One grain of the salt:  The First African Baptist Church West of the Allegheny Mountians.   L.H. McIntyre, 1986.

Peoples, T. (ed.). Essence of a Saga; A Complete History of the Oldest Black Baptist Congregation West of the Allegheny Mountains. Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. Lexington, Kentucky, 1990.

Stewart, F. "Professor works to ensure early black doctors not forgotten." Communi-K 21 (August 29, 1988).

Wilkinson, D. Directory of Afro-American Physicians in Lexington and Fayette County from Post-Reconstruction to the Pre-Civil rights Era: 1890-1950 .  Lexington, Kentucky: University of Kentucky, Department of Sociology, 1989.

Williams, J.  "The revolution of 1954." Kentucky Kernel (October 14, 1999).

Wright, J. Lexington: A Century in Photographs.  Lexington, Kentucky . Lexington-Fayette County Historic Commission, 1984.

Source: Doris Wilkinson "A Guide to the African American Heritage in Downtown Lexington, Kentucky." Copyright 2000

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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