From the untold,
to the unforgettable

Stories of adversity & challenge

Stories uncovered. Legends preserved. Heroes made. Kentucky’s diverse history celebrates them all. Come hear the stories of an enslaved 17-year-old who mapped large parts of Mammoth Cave. Of a 5’6” jockey who won big at the Kentucky Derby. Of a young boy named Cassius Clay, who turned a fight for his bike into a fire that fueled a boxing legend. Explore the lives of these trailblazers and more on a journey through the Bluegrass State. It’s not just a history lesson, but a true connection to the past.

Jerry Bransford
Mammoth Cave Tour Guide

History … in their own words

Kentucky is full of stories of African Americans who were explorers and pioneers. And stories of the modern-day pioneers who are preserving their legacies. Like Michael Morrow, a descendant of slaves who is spearheading efforts to tell these “necessary” stories. Renowned sculptor Ed Hamilton, who rose above his meager upbringing to find himself – and acceptance – through art. Yvonne Giles, known as “The Cemetery Lady,” who has devoted her life to identifying unknown souls buried in unmarked graves. Watch these trailblazers share their stories, in their own words.

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Step back in time
on a multicultural tour

Trace Kentucky’s rich heritage on in-depth tours of the state’s multicultural attractions. You’ll immerse yourself in places celebrating a boxer known as “The Greatest” and “The Greatest Race” … a historical area that was an important stop along the Underground Railroad … a notable school that advanced African American education … one of the Civil War’s largest refugee camps for soldiers in the U.S. Colored Troops. And when each day’s trip back in time is through, a winning mix of top-notch hotels, restaurants and other attractions will help create your own cherished vacation stories for years to come.

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Explore Kentucky sites on
the U.S. Civil Rights Trail

Kentucky celebrates all men and women who make the Commonwealth great, especially the African Americans who stepped forward to reshape the future during one of our country’s bravest moments. Take a remarkable journey to explore these moments in Kentucky, tracing historic paths and walking in the footsteps of giants. Trace marked stops on the Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Tour, visit the site of a sit-in against segregation at Berea College and tour the home of Civil Rights pioneer Whitney M. Young Jr. More than just a trip, this is a chance to discover the people and places that changed America.

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