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


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