New Marker, Annual Fest Highlight Lexington’s African-American Community


LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington is celebrating its annual Roots and Heritage Festival, highlighting the city’s African-American history.

On Saturday, that history gained a permanent reminder with the unveiling of a new historical marker.

The sign celebrates the history of the Deweese Street neighborhood, which served as the heart of Lexington’s African-American housing and business district during the city’s segregated past.

Those attending said it is important to keep the city’s history alive.

“These neighborhoods continue to change,” said Lexington-Fayette Urban County Councilman James Brown. “We’ve got to do everything we can to ensure that the history is not erased, not forgotten.”

And there’s a lot of history to celebrate this weekend, with this year marking…

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