Together Lexington announces funding for interpretive
signage for local African-American history
Together Lexington will invest $55,000 to create interpretive signage to tell the story of the African-American experience in the community. The goal is to create a walking tour of local African-American history. A steering committee of community members will be formed to oversee the process, which will include research and identification of historically significant sites from times of slavery, reconstruction and segregation, and civil rights.
The organization also will be a gold sponsor for the Picnic with the Police on May 20 at Douglass Park. The picnic, organized by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, will bring together the community and police for fun and fellowship.
In addition, Together Lexington has been involved with other groups in organizing a felony expungement workshop to help people navigate a new law that allows expungement of certain low-level felonies.
These projects were identified as priorities based on community input solicited through the Together Lexington website as well as the themes and issues identified during several of Together Lexington’s Courageous Conversations. There have been nine conversations (race relations, gentrification, policing/crime, drugs/heroin and affordable housing/homelessness) and three more to be held in April (affordable housing/homelessness and LGBT inclusion).
Once those conversations are complete, Together Lexington will create an executive summary and findings for each of the six topics to share with the community. Individual session reports can be found at www.togetherlexington.com.
The 2016 Together Lexington project partners are:
- Ann Bakhaus, president of Kentucky Eagle, Inc.
- Lisa Ball, vice president of Ball Homes
- Barry Bishop, regional vice president/operations of Windstream Communications
- Sheri Evans Depp, director, global talent management, diversity and corporate citizenship, and NA business partners for Lexmark International
- Bill Farmer, president & CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass
- Rufus Friday, president and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader
- Lee Greer, president of Greer Companies
- Larry Hall, president of Hall Media, Inc.
- Larry Jones, central region president of Community Trust Bank
- Dr. Augusta Julian, president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College
- Brian McCarty and Bruce Drake, partners in Bluegrass Hospitality Group
- Bret Melrose, owner of Fayette Heating & Air
- Jeff Murphy, vice president of marketing and communications for KentuckyOne Health
- Rhonda Petr, director of marketing, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid
- Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX
- Andy Shea, president and CEO of Lexington Legends Baseball
- Bill Thomason, president and CEO of Keeneland
To learn more, visit www.togetherlexington.com, and follow on Twitter @2getherLex and Facebook at Together Lexington.
Together Lexington 2016, a group of 17 business and community leaders, is an initiative to energize the community by creating a positive marketing campaign and funding projects that will improve quality of life.