African American Heritage Trail

Old First Baptist Site

8.  Site of the Old First Baptist Church

Corner of Short and Deweese

For decades, First Baptist--a legendary church--stood at the corner of Short and Deweese, "the heart of the African American" community.  It is "one of the oldest African American congregations in the state of Kentucky" and also has roots in the African Baptist church.  Established during slavery, the original First Baptist served as a major religious and cultural institution throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.  This celebrated house of worship has been referred to as "one of the connecting links in the underground railroad."  In the latter part of the 20th century, the historic church relocated to Price Road as First African Baptist.

Site of the Old First Baptist Church

Deweese and Short, formerly the site of First Baptist 
Photo courtesy of Lexington  Convention and Visitors Bureau