Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky. Known as the "Thoroughbred City" and the "Horse Capital of the World", it is located in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region. In 2009 the city's population was estimated at 296,545.
The town of Lexington was established on May 6, 1782, by an act of the Virginia General Assembly. The First African Baptist Church was founded c. 1790 by Peter Durrett, a Baptist preacher and slave held by Rev. Joseph Craig. Durrett had accompanied Craig and helped guide The Traveling Church on their migration from Virginia to Kentucky in 1781. After 1784 he and his wife hired out to John Campbell of Lexington, who let them build a cabin on his property at Maxwell Spring. This is where Peter founded the first African Baptist congregation. It is the oldest black Baptist congregation in Kentucky and the third oldest in the United States.
With its abundance of government and technology jobs, Lexington has one of the nation's most stable economies. Economists have referred to Lexington as having "a fortified economy, strong in manufacturing, technology and entrepreneurial support, benefiting from a diverse, balanced business base". Lexington was named the 5th best city for "Businesses and Careers" in 2008 by Forbes Magazine, and the 5th best city for Young Professionals in 2008 by Kiplinger.
Mayfest Arts Fair is a free outdoor festival that takes place annually over Mother's Day weekend. Held in Gratz Park between the Carnegie Center and Transylvania University, the festival typically features up to 100 art and craft booths, live entertainment throughout the weekend, food, children's activities, adult activities and literary events, free carriage rides, a traditional Morris and Maypole dance and various demonstrations.
The Roots & Heritage Festival: An event that takes place throughout the month of September and consists of a wide variety of culturally enriching activities including art exhibits, literary readings, film presentations, the Festival Ball and the ever-popular two-day street festival featuring live musical performances from internationally renowned artists.
Lexington Pride Festival: An annual summer event to celebrate pride in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Lexington has one of the highest concentrations of gay and lesbian couples in the United States for a city its size.
Lexington is in the humid subtropical climate, although nearing the humid continental climate. Summers are hot and humid, and winters are cool with mild periods. The average temperature in Lexington is 54.9 °F. Annual precipitation is 45.68 inches. Lexington and the Bluegrass have four distinct seasons that include cool plateau breezes, moderate nights in the summer, and no prolonged periods of heat, cold, rain, wind, or snow.
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- Yvonne Giles
African American Influence on the
Equine Industry in Kentucky
June 14, 2016 - 6 p.m. -
Speaker: Yvonne Giles
“African Americans in the Equine Industry”. These
men were essential partners in the success of
the thoroughbred and trotting horse industries in
Kentucky. Without their skill and labor, Lexington
would not have gained the early reputation as a
leader and innovator in the breeding and training
of horses. Short biographies of jockeys, trainers
and groomsmen will be presented with time for
question and answers to follow.
Join Us the Second Tuesday
of Each Month, June - October 2016
416 Rebmann Lane, in Lexington
Series is Free and open to the public.
Other presentations in this series include:
July 12, 2016 - Jim Hoffmann - How prints were produced in the Civil War for Harpers Weekly
August 9, 2016 - Bill Marshal
September 13, 2016 - Pirates on the Ohio
October 11, 2016 - Ron Bryant - Waveland and the history of the Bryants
The History to Chew On series is sponsored by:
The Friends of McConnell Springs & Lexington Parks & Recreation
For more information and directions, call 859.225.4073
or visit our website at: www.mcconnellsprings.org
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
BaK 4 More Studio - Category: Black Hair Salons - Natural haircare - 3090 Helmsdale Place Suite 210, Lexington, KY (859) 264-1353
Hair & Beyond Salon & Tanning Studio - Category: Black Hair Salons - A diverse group of master stylists, cosmetologists and barbers ready to serve you. - 3439 Buckhorn Drive, Suite 7A, Lexington, KY (859) 273-8626 - (visit website)
New Ebony Barber Shop - Category: Black Hair Salons - 1590 Leestown Road, Lexington, KY (859) 254-3214
Rashida's House of Style - Category: Black Hair Salons - 417 Georgetown Street, Lexington, KY (859) 225-2400
Richard Allen Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - 1060 Chinoe Plaza, Lexington, KY (859) 276-3969
Shamis Talib - Category: Black Hair Salons - Central Kentucky's Premier Hair Extensions Stylist - 2500 Mapleleaf Drive Suite A, Lexington KY (502) 270-1568 - (visit website)
BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.
African & Caribbean Market LLC - Category: Market - Source for African food and spices. We carry goat meat fish and other kinds of meat and fish not found in your local stores - 1315 Winchester Rd, Lexington, KY (859) 225-8044 - (visit website)
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Chicago Style Chicken & Fish Inc - Category: Fish & Chips - 1539 Eastland Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40505 (859) 299-3225
Essence II Bar & Grill - Category: Soups, Southern/Soul, Pub Food - Essence II Bar & Grill, is a Restaurant & bar we serve Great quality food, and distilled spirits, we are African American owned business, with a friendly relaxed atmosphere. - 333 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY (859) 225-3280 - (reviews)
Jazzy G's Bar & Grill - Category: Southern/Soul, Pub Food - - 209 Old Georgetown St. Lexington, KY 40508 (859) 351-4080 - (reviews)
Tasty's Seafood N Soul - Category: Seafood Restaurants - 268 Jefferson Street, Lexington, KY 40508 (859) 225-0095
Tootie's Soulfood - Category: Seafood Restaurants - 476 Silver Maple Way, Lexington, KY 40508 (859) 259-0911
CITY VIDEO CONNECTION
Lexington Kentucky Scenery - includes shots of a few iconic street characters.
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