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City of Lexington, partners invite public to join in walks for inclusion, healing in Cheapside Aug. 10-12

The public is invited to join the City of Lexington and community partners for four storytelling walks that will feature the painful and under-told history related to Cheapside while celebrating wonderful contributions made by African-Americans. Two additional walks will celebrate a wide range of Lexingtonians who contribute to making the city a great place on a daily basis.

In the fall of 2017, two Confederate monuments located at the old Fayette County Courthouse and Cheapside — the site of an African-American slave auction block — were removed. This was a result of both recent and long-standing efforts of a wide range of forward-thinking Lexingtonians.

Subsequently, the public now has an opportunity to reimagine an inclusive public square reflective of contemporary values. (RE)IMAGINING CHEAPSIDE is a placemaking project intended to build inclusion and healing into the site. Blue Grass Community Foundation is a partner in this initiative, along with the city of Lexington, Hensley Agency-State Farm Insurance, and Take Back Cheapside community organizers. The walks and other placemaking initiatives are being led by internationally recognized author and place-maker, Jay Pitter.

“This is part of our continuing focus to help make downtown Lexington a more inclusive, welcoming and vibrant place,” said Lisa Adkins, president and CEO of Blue Grass Community Foundation, which is supporting the initiative through a grant from the Knight Foundation and Knight Foundation Donor Advised Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation.

All walks are free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend any of the following storytelling walks:

African American Walk. Friday, August 10. 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Starting Point: Lyric Theatre & Cultural Center. 300 E. 3rd Street

African American Walk. Saturday, August 11. 11am – 12:30pm. Starting Point: Henry Clay Public House. 112 N. Upper Street

Beauty and Sustainability Walk. Saturday, August 11. 2:30pm – 3:30pm. Starting Point: The Living Arts and Science Center. 362 North Martin Luther King Blvd.

Belonging Walk. Saturday, August 12. 11:00am – 12:30pm. Starting Point: Maria’s Kitchen, 805 North Broadway

The public can register for these free walks by going to www.bgcf.org

From Blue Grass Community Foundation

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