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Featured Events

Sep30

Black Jacket Symphony

The Beatles "Revolver".  A unique concert experience which recreates... more
Oct2

"House Divided" Cemetery Walking Tours

Offered by the Mary Todd Lincoln House, the tour features graves of both soldiers and... more
Oct5

Split Rock Jumping Tour

With convenient online entries and the All-Inclusive Entry Packages, combined with the... more
Oct6

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Mike Archer Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Oct6

The Bourbon Social

Bourbon lovers will not want to miss this annual event that takes place over four days.... more
Oct7

Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing

No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. See live Thoroughbred racing at the most elegant race... more
Oct7

Night Market

A monthly pop-up open air-market/street festival held on the first Friday of every month... more
Oct8

Perryville Battlefield Re-enactment

Experience 1862 during the re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville and watch history... more
Oct13

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Vinyl Richie!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Oct14

The Bourbon Chase

An overnight relay adventure.  Teams of runners cover 200 miles of scenic byways... more
Oct15

Party for the Pumpkins

At this Fall Family Festival, enjoy fall-themed activities and crafts; a straw maze; a... more
Oct28

Disturbia at the Distillery

It's a night of dinner, drams and drama!  The night starts with the popular Ghost... more
Nov1

CP National Horse Show

A week-long championship event held indoors at the Alltech Arena, Featuring... more
Nov18

23rd Annual Southern Lights

The 23rd Annual Southern Lights includes a self-guided four mile journey through a... more
Nov18

LexArts Gallery Hop

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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