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Interpretive Sign Unveiled for Lexington African American Heritage Trail

Stu Johnson

The first of 12 interpretive signs detailing parts of the African American experience in Lexington was unveiled Thursday. It’s the undertaking of a number of private entities.

The heading on the sign at the corner of Deweece and Short Streets reads ‘this site housed the first black congregation west of the Alleghenies.’  The other 11 signs, part of a self-guided historical tour, will be situated around downtown Lexington.  Well known Lexington historian Yvonne Giles participated in the ceremomy.“You’ll be surprised.  There will be things you don’t know and you’ll ask, ‘is this true?’  And yes, it is true, absolutely,” said Giles.

‘Together Lexington’, comprised of several businesses, invested $75,000 to create the interpretive signage.  Together Lexington Partner, Herald-Leader Publisher Rufus Friday says the program could be expanded in the years to come.  The remaining eleven signs are expected to be established over the next two weeks.

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