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African-American Heritage

In Nicholasville, visit Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, one of the largest training grounds for African-American soldiers in the Union army where 10,000 men gained their freedom during the Civil War. In Maysville, experience the perilous life of escaped slaves by visiting the National Underground Railroad Museum, and take a unique guided or driving tour retracing the footsteps of countless African-Americans who journeyed to freedom on the 'underground railroad'.

Visit the Kentucky Mammoth Cave National Park where the first tour guides and some of its most significant early explorers were African-Americans. In Bowling Green, take a walking tour of the ShakeRag Historic District to experience an early African-American neighborhood that stands as an important part of Kentucky black history.

Many other Kentucky black history sites in Louisville, Lexington, Northern Kentucky and elsewhere provide glimpses into the lives of African-Americans who have helped weave the rich cultural tapestry of this border state that reflects influences of both Northern and Southern culture.

Immerse yourself in Kentucky black history at the National Underground Railroad Museum or one of countless other African-American heritage sites in the Bluegrass State.

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Kentucky Derby Museum located at Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY. Open Daily!
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
There's Only One....Kentucky Derby Museum. Located at Gate 1 of historic Churchill Downs, the Museum presents the traditions and excitement of the "greatest two minutes in spo...
Goddard Bridge
Bluegrass Region Covington, KY
The Northern Kentucky River Region - spectacular scenery and historic venues await you. Experience beauty and sights that will last a lifetime! Near scenic Carrollton re...
Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
Tour a fully operating distillery in Bardstown. All ages welcome.
Tour vintage railcars outside and a two-story museum inside at the Historic Railpark in Bowling Green
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Bowling Green, KY
Long before interstates, people resting in Bowling Green arrived at the L&N Passenger Depot. This 1925 structure has been restored and revived to house a two-story museum ...
Kaviar Gallery
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Kaviar Forge & Gallery includes the professional forge of sculptor & blacksmith Craig Kaviar. The fine art & craft gallery displays over one-hundred local, regiona...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Art Gallery Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday 12-6, Saturday 12-4
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Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
For over 75 years, Keeneland has been to the Thoroughbred industry what Augusta is to golf or Hollywood is to the movies. It is where traditions are treasured, innovations are...
Colorful displays showcase Kentucky artisan works year round. Works include traditional and contemporary arts from over 700 Kentucky vendors living all across the Commonwealth.
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The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea features a wide range of Kentucky’s outstanding artisan works in its galleries, exhibition and shopping areas. Whether on display in...
Daniel Boone Country Benham, KY
Four levels of floor space with exhibits on the miners' homes, hospital, commissary, engineering, coal sampling, a mock mine tour and the Loretta Lynn "Coal Miner's Daughter" ...
Bourbon, Horses & History Frankfort, KY
The Archives research room maintains Kentucky''s state and local government records available for reference use. Also available are genealogical, historical and legal referenc...
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