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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.
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Hawesville, KY
In the 1901-03 L & N depot. Exhibits of riverboats & family life at the turn of the century in Hancock County. Open April-October Sunday 2-4pm. Free. Closed Easter, Mother'...
Hardin County History Museum
Northern Kentucky River Region Elizabethtown, KY
Hardin County History Museum has been collecting and preserving artifacts, documents and other memorabilia that tells the story of Hardin County from its early Indian inhabita...
Daniel Boone Country Harlan, KY
Memorial honoring the coal miners in Harlan county who have lost there lives in the mines.
Daniel Boone Country Corbin, KY
The Harland Sanders Café is a historic restaurant located in  Corbin, Kentucky. Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, operated the restau...
Morgan Row, oldest rowhouse standing in Kentucky and first rowhouse west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Bourbon, Horses & History Harrodsburg, KY
Oldest row house in Kentucky - headquarters of Harrodsburg Historical Society. Contains genealogical and history library and pioneer displays.
Harry C. Miller Lock Collection
Bourbon, Horses & History Nicholasville, KY
LSI is honored to be the home of the Harry C. Miller Lock Collection, which is considered to be America's most comprehensive collection of safe locks. Since 1955, LSI has stri...
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