Roots and Heritage Festival

September 10, 2018 9:21 pm

Roots and Heritage Festival

Lexington, KY is celebrating its annual Roots and Heritage Festival, highlighting the city’s African-American history.

On Saturday, that history gained a permanent reminder with the unveiling of a new historical marker.

The sign celebrates the history of the Deweese Street neighborhood, which served as the heart of Lexington’s African-American housing and business district during the city’s segregated past.

Those attending said it is important to keep the city’s history alive.

“These neighborhoods continue to change,” said Lexington-Fayette Urban County Councilman James Brown. “We’ve got to do everything we can to ensure that the history is not erased, not forgotten.”

And there’s a lot of history to celebrate this weekend, with this year marking 30 years of the Roots and Heritage Festival, 50 years of the Urban League and 70 years of the Lyric Theater.

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