African-American Heritage Trail, Exploring Glasgow, and More!

By Leslie Potter | 5/19/19 9:00 AM

Explore Lexington’s history on the 11 stops along the African American Heritage Trail; Doug explores downtown Glasgow, and the final part of our profile of Ulysses S. Grant picks up with his presidency and enduring significance to Kentucky and the nation.


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Lexington’s African American History Trail

“The beauty of this project is that it not only gives you a broader aspect of Lexington’s history, particularly African-American history, but also introduces you to individuals and situations that may not ever have crossed anyone’s purview,” says historian Yvonne Giles, referring to the new African American History Trail in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.

The trail is made up of 11 stops, primarily in Lexington’s urban core. Each stop has a marker describing a specific person or event that is significant to the area’s history. Many of these individuals and events are little known to people today, having been overlooked or obscured by traditional histories.

Read more about the African American History Trail and watch the video.

Glasgow, Kentucky

Located approximately 30 miles east of Bowling Green, the town of Glasgow, Kentucky, is a gem in the southern part of the Commonwealth. Kentucky Life visited this Barren County town to get to know some of the businesses operating there.

One of the newest attractions in downtown Glasgow is Yancey’s Gastropub & Brewery.

“We opened in July. it’s the first brewery in our region and we’re quite proud of that,” says owner Jeffery Jobe. “We took a chance, worked some bugs out, and now we’re going pretty strong and people are saying nice things.”

Continue reading about downtown Glasgow and watch the video.

Ulysses S. Grant Part 3

In the third and final part of the series on Ulysses S. Grant and his Kentucky connections, Kentucky Life spoke to historians about Grant’s time as president and his life after the presidency.

“After Appomattox, Grant retained his position as general in chief and his headquarters were in Washington D.C.,” says historian Charles W. Calhoun. “It must be said that he didn’t find peace there because what the country was witnessing was a great wrangle between President Andrew Johnson and the Republicans in Congress over the question of Reconstruction.”

Learn more about Ulysses S. Grant and watch the video.