71 episodes

Stories of Lexington, Kentucky’s history and people.

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    • History
    • 4.8 • 22 Ratings

Stories of Lexington, Kentucky’s history and people.

    Black Enclaves of Lexington (2022)

    Black Enclaves of Lexington (2022)

    Brenna guests to share her research on three of Lexington’s Black enclaves, founded by formerly enslaved persons after the Civil War. She highlights the history we know, and points out that much of the history of these hamlets and their residents are lost to time, despite their vital contributions to Lexington’s development and growth pre- and post-Civil War.

    • 13 min
    John Wilkes Booth in Lexington (2022)

    John Wilkes Booth in Lexington (2022)

    Mariam and David discuss the sordid life of John Wilkes Booth before his assassination of Abraham Lincoln, including his visit to Lexington during the Civil War as a theater actor. Some listener discretion is advised.

    • 13 min
    Library Building History (2022)

    Library Building History (2022)

    Mariam and Wayne talk about the history of Lexington Public Library spaces, from its beginning as a subscription library in 1795 to the building project for the new Marksbury Family Branch (formerly Village Branch) now in 2022.

    • 45 min
    J. Alexander Chiles: The Fight Against Kentucky’s Separate Coach Law (2022)

    J. Alexander Chiles: The Fight Against Kentucky’s Separate Coach Law (2022)

    Mariam shares the history of Kentucky’s Separate Coach Law, and Lexington’s second African American attorney, J. Alexander Chiles, who took the fight to the US Supreme court multiple times in the 1890s and early 1900s.

    • 15 min
    Ten Hours of Terror: The Barnes Family Murder, 1973 (Part 2 of 2, 2022)

    Ten Hours of Terror: The Barnes Family Murder, 1973 (Part 2 of 2, 2022)

    In the final part of this series, Wayne takes us through the murders of the Barnes Family, the murders and shootings in Falmouth, KY, and the aftermath of the crimes. Listener Discretion is Advised.

    • 25 min
    Ten Hours of Terror: The Barnes Family Murder, 1973 (Part 1 of 2, 2022)

    Ten Hours of Terror: The Barnes Family Murder, 1973 (Part 1 of 2, 2022)

    In this two part series on the Barnes Family’s murder, Mariam interviews guest Ike Lawrence, whose father notified Mrs. Barnes of her family’s murder, and later, Wayne discusses the start of the crime, with the two killers escaping the custody of the US Marshals. Listener Discretion is Advised.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Todd1734 ,

Great Lexington History Podcast

Very well done. Entertaining and informative. Diverse topics and stories.

Llcoolce ,

A favorite

Love the interviews with Rob Morgan and the story of Marion Miley. Great podcast!

Sadie Townsend ,

Great content, seems like sound issue resolved, too.

Love this show! Especially the crime episodes.

It was too quiet before, but it seems to be fixed now.

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