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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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Northern Kentucky River Region Hodgenville, KY
The museum's main exhibits include a dozen dioramas of pivotal times in the life of the sixteenth president of the United States. The Lincoln Museum's exhibits are historicall...
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Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
There's Only One...Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. It takes a special place to craft the Official Bat of Major League Baseball. Experience history-in-the-making as ...
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Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
The first public library in the U.S. solely for African Americans. The archives contain print and non-print resources on culture and life in black America.
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
There's Only One...Muhammad Ali Center. The Muhammad Ali Center is a cultural attraction and international education center that is inspired by the ideals of its visionary fo...
Bluegrass Region Maysville, KY
The Bierbower House is a documented Safe House. Servants Quarters remain with Hidden Slave Chambers. Exhibits of Slavery artifacts, documents and memorabilia documenting Maysv...
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...
Bluegrass Region Maysville, KY
Built in 1848 as Methodist Episcopal Church - South during split of Methodist Church in America over issue of Slavery. Became Old Church Museum in 1970's when new United Metho...
Western Wetlands Paducah, KY
Welcome! The Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau, the official Destination Marketing Organization for Paducah/McCracken County, is responsible for generating increme...
Bourbon, Horses & History Perryville, KY
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is a 745-acre park, making it the largest preserved Civil War battlefield in the state of Kentucky. The interpretive museum is ...
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