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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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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 ...
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.

The Abner Gaines Tavern, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, was likely built sometime around 1814.
Bluegrass Region Walton, KY
A Brief History     The Abner Gaines House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, was likely built sometime around 1814.  On Jan...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Demoiselle et Garçon, featuring Silvia Willkens and John Nation We are pleased to announce the opening of Demoiselle et Garçon, featuring Silvia Willkens and ...
Northern Kentucky River Region La Grange, KY
Gallery 104 is a beautiful art gallery in the heart of historic LaGrange, Kentucky. Local artists proudly display some of the most imaginative and stunning artwork seen in Ken...
Gallery 123
Bourbon, Horses & History Berea , KY
This studio/gallery showcases emerging artists working in the Art Accelerator pilot program Recent Berea College graduates have been chosen for business train...
Find a one-of-a-kind souvenir from your Kentucky trip at Gallery 916
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Bowling Green, KY
Gallery 916 features original local and regional artwork, hand-dyed/painted work, hand-made silk clothing, accessories and original handcrafted jewelry. It's a one-stop source...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
For over fifteen years Gallery Hertz has been providing the vivid color and unique artistic vision that has helped define Louisville as one of the premier cultural hot-spots o...
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