Together Lexington to donate local African-American history signage to city
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)– Together Lexington is donating its upcoming local African-American Heritage signage to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The Council today voted unanimously to accept the donation.
Together Lexington has invested $75,000 to create interpretive signage to tell the story of the African-American experience in the community. The concept for this downtown experience was sparked by discussions facilitated through Together Lexington’s Courageous Conversations, a series of community forums held in 2017 that tackled issues such as race.
Twelve signs, which will be located mainly downtown, will help residents and visitors discover Lexington’s African-American history through a self-guided tour. The people and places that will be featured played a significant role in the advancement of equality. Stories stretch from slavery, through Jim Crow, to the Black Freedom Struggle.
The first of the signs will be unveiled around the Roots & Heritage Festival, and a website also is being created through the help of VisitLEX, which is also a Together Lexington partner.
The stories featured along this self-guided tour were collectively identified and researched by a steering committee of Lexington community members, who met several times for one year. The members were:
- Terry Birdwhistell
- Councilman James Brown
- Linda Carroll
- Yvonne Giles
- Randolph Hollingsworth
- James Klotter
- Billie Mallory
- P.G. Peeples
- Juanita Betz Peterson
- Gerald Smith
- DeBraun Thomas
- Thomas Tolliver
- Rev. Clark Williams
EHI Consultants served as the project manager, and Solid Light designed, created and will fabricate and install the signs.
The 2016 and 2017 Together Lexington project partners were:
- Ann Bakhaus, president of Kentucky Eagle, Inc.
- Lisa Ball, vice president of Ball Homes
- Barry Bishop, regional vice president/operations of Windstream Communications
- Carla Blanton, president, Carla Blanton Consulting
- Sheri Evans Depp, director, global talent management, diversity and corporate citizenship, and NA business partners for Lexmark International
- Bill Farmer, president & CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass
- Rufus Friday, president and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader
- Lee Greer, president of Greer Companies
- Larry Hall, president of Hall Media, Inc.
- Larry Jones, central region president of Community Trust Bank
- Dr. Augusta Julian, president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College
- Brian McCarty and Bruce Drake, partners in Bluegrass Hospitality Group
- Bret Melrose, owner of Fayette Heating & Air
- Sam Mitchell, CEO and director of Valvoline
- Jeff Murphy, vice president of marketing and communications for KentuckyOne Health
- Rhonda Petr, director of marketing, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid
- Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX
- Andy Shea, president and CEO of Lexington Legends Baseball
- Bill Thomason, president and CEO of Keeneland