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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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Region Bardstown, KY
Tour a fully operating distillery in Bardstown. All ages welcome.
Kentucky Derby Museum located at Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY. Open Daily!
Region Louisville, KY
There's Only One....Kentucky Derby Museum. We share the fun of the Kentucky Derby experience. Spend the day with us and experience two floors of exciting new exhibits! Your ad...
Big Bone Lick State Park
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...
Abbey of Gethsemani
Region New Haven, KY
Abbey Visitor's Center: Archive Display, a DVD Theatre for viewing a 25 min DVD about the monastery. Gift Shop featuring the monks' world famous Trappist Cheese, Fudge an...
Abraham Lincoln
Region Hodgenville, KY
There's Only One...Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. Built at the location of Lincoln's birth the solid marble, neoclassical monument houses the symbolic cabin of Lincoln's birth...
The museum is open for special events throughout the year or visits may be arranged by appointment. Open Saturdays 12pm - 4pm.
Parksville, KY
The grandmother of Abraham Lincoln lived in the Forkland area of Boyle County for over 30 years. Her descendants still live in the area. The museum features information, memor...
Region Gravel Switch, KY
The Abraham Lincoln Museum contains artifacts, genealogical records and displays related to the Abraham Lincoln descendants who lived in the Forkland area. The museum is open...
Region Shepherdsville, KY
Historical Marker of Civil War Battle Site.
Adsmore House & Gardens, Princeton, KY
Region Princeton, KY
Circa 1857 Greek Revival home restored to late Victorian grandeur and filled with the Smith-Garrett family's personal belongings. Adsmore sits on approximately four beautiful ...
African American Heritage Center
Region 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, ...
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