Together Lexington unveils African-American Heritage Trail

Published: Sep. 6, 2018 at 12:18 PM EDT
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The group Together Lexington unveiled their first of 12 signs on the new African American Heritage Trail in downtown Lexington.

The interpretive signage tells the story of the African American experience in the community. The idea for the self-guided trail was the result of Together Lexington's Courageous Conversations, a series of forums held in 2017 that tackled issues such as race.

The people and places featured in these signs played a significant role in the advancement of equality. Stories stretch from slavery, through Jim Crow, to the Black Freedom Struggle.

"It's important that the full story of Lexington is told," said Rufus Friday, president and publisher of the Lexington Herald Leader. "Though they aren't famous, these citizens were far from ordinary. Their extraordinary and selfless acts of courage and leadership should be known and appreciated. Understanding this history - good and bad - will help Lexington understand its past and move forward together in the future."