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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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Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Every Day is Derby Day....ONLY at the Kentucky Derby Museum. The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the premiere attractions in the Louisville region, celebrating the traditi...
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Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Franklin, KY
Museum of local black history in a restored Victorian home: a cultural and educational facility designed to echo the events of the past, reflect on activities of the present, ...
Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
African Cemetery No. 2 is approximately 8 acres and contains 5,000 graves. Only 1,200 are identified, with graves dating back prior to 1820. The land was purchased and charter...
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Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Russellville, KY
Home of Ms. Dunnigan, author and journalist, the first African-American woman to be a member of the White House press corps and Chief of the Washington Bureau of the Associa...
Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
The magnificent 18-room mansion stands in the heart of one of Lexington's most beautiful residential districts, a reminder of the rich heritage left by Henry Clay and his desc...
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Bluegrass Region Covington, KY
The Behringer-Crawford Museum, which proudly serves as a regional cultural center for the residents and tourists to this area, preserves the regional history of Northern Ken...
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Russellville, KY
This Palladian-style Georgian mansion is an elegant example of the fine, early architecture of Kentucky and demonstrates the lifestyle and customs of the landed gentry who mig...
Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
Visit the restored homes downtown and travel the country roads through the Bluegrass area lined with rail fences and famous horse farms. This self-guided paper map is availabl...
Bourbon, Horses & History Winchester, KY
The Bluegrass Heritage Museum brings the history of the area to life for both the old and young by collecting, preserving and exhibiting objects valuable to the history of Win...
Bourbon, Horses & History Nicholasville, KY
US 27, 5 miles south of Nicholasville, Union Army Civil War supply depot & training camp, White House, c 1850, used as the officers' quarters, 10,000 African American men ...
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