Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Tree Lit

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Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Tree Lit
The Christmas tree in the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden in Lexington was lit Monday.

The tree was first lit in 2009 and has been lit every year since.

Isaac Murphy is considered one of the greatest thoroughbred racers in American History.

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The park hopes to commemorate the accomplishments and contributions of other African Americans in the horse industry throughout history and bring the entire community of Lexington together.

“This tree represents we think the lighting or illuminating of some things that have been in this neighborhood for a long time that so many people didn’t know about, so many people didn’t know about the African American presence in the equine industry and so many people didn’t know about the jewels that are here in the east end of Lexington,” said David Cozart, executive director of the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden project.

The park broke ground this summer.

Monday’s celebration was only about two dozen people but organizers said they are planning a big event in the spring when the park is complete.