Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is in the process of creating an African American History tour set to launch in the fall of 2019. While staff’s research has yielded stories of courage, resilience, and heartbreak, they hope to find more stories to add nuance to this narrative. This Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, the public is invited for an information gathering event at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Lexington. Organizers are especially hoping to hear from people who may have been descended from African Americans enslaved or employed at the estate. WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Ashland curator Eric Brooks and Cameron Walpole, manager of tours and education.
Attendees are encouraged to bring any photos, letters, memorabilia to the “Archive Station.” Discuss topics like education, relevance, and inclusion over refreshments. Ask questions and contribute your thoughts about how Ashland might continue to become a more inclusive learning environment for students and the general public.
Learn about volunteer opportunities (including becoming an African American History tour docent) from staff and volunteers.
The creation of this tour has been made possible through the Kentucky Local History Trust Fund administered by the Kentucky Historical Society. . Ashland is proud to collaborate with University of Kentucky historian, Dr. Amy Taylor and Ashley Smith from Black Soil: Our Better Nature. This event is free and open to the public.