Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is in the process of creating an African American History tour set to launch in the fall of 2019.
While staff’s research has yielded stories of courage, resilience, and heartbreak, we hope to find more stories to add nuance to this narrative. Ashland hopes to present a more inclusive and accurate interpretation about all life at Ashland using individual storytelling.
Let us know if you believe you may be descended from African Americans enslaved or employed at Ashland. Help influence the narrative by making your story known and your voice heard.
Bring any photos, letters, memorabilia to the “Archive Station.” Discuss topics like education, relevance, and inclusion over refreshments. Ask questions and contribute your thoughts about how Ashland might continue to become a more inclusive learning environment for students and the general public.
Learn about volunteer opportunities (including becoming an African American History tour docent) from staff and volunteers.
The creation of this tour has been made possible through the Kentucky Local History Trust Fund administered by the Kentucky Historical Society. . Ashland is proud to collaborate with University of Kentucky historian, Dr. Amy Taylor and Ashley Smith from Black Soil: Our Better Nature. This event is free and open to the public.