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Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden

 
 
Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
1. Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Marker
Inscription.
The Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden is named for the famed jockey whose house stood on this site. It was developed to commemorate the contributions of African Americans to Thoroughbred racing and to help revitalize this East End neighborhood. Many Kentucky horsemen lived in the East End, which was also home to the Kentucky Association, Lexington's first important racetrack.

The Art Garden, the downtown trailhead for the Legacy Trail, includes public art, an amphitheater for performances and gatherings and this rain garden. Designated as a legacy project through a community-wide process, it was planned by Arts Power, Leadership Lexington (a program of Commerce Lexington), NorthEast Lexington Initiative (NELI) and Friends of Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden. It has been completed with support from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government; Kentucky Transportation Cabinet; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky; The J.M. Smucker Company; W. Rogers Company; Keeneland Association; S.L. Gimbel Foundation; Blue Grass Community Foundation; and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
 
Location. 38° 2.557′ N, 84° 28.899′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker is on Midland Place north of Midland Avenue (U.S. 60), on the
Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Marker (<i>wide view; looking northeast toward Midland Place</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
2. Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Marker (wide view; looking northeast toward Midland Place)
right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden. Marker is at or near this postal address: East 3rd Street & Midland Avenue, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Isaac Burns Murphy (within shouting distance of this marker); Murphy House (within shouting distance of this marker); Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Trailhead (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (approx. 0.4 miles away); William S. Farish (approx. 0.4 miles away); John S. Knight (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lexington (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert A. Alexander (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Isaac Burns Murphy
 
Also see . . .  Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden. The Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden is the first park in the United States to honor the earliest African American professional athletes – the Thoroughbred jockey. Fittingly, the Garden is located on land once owned by Isaac, in the predominately African American East End of Lexington. Isaac changed the sport of Thoroughbred racing forever, and more than that, 135 years later, he is connecting the city of Lexington in the 21st Century. The Isaac
Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
3. Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Sculpture
Murphy Memorial Art Garden is a part of one of those legacies. The other is the Legacy Trail, a nine-mile walking and biking path leading from the Garden to the Kentucky Horse Park. Isaacs life will be a connecting theme on this Trail, from his homeplace in the East End, to his final resting place at the Horse Park, next to the greatest horse of them all – Man o War. Isaac is the only jockey with the honor of being buried at the Kentucky Horse Park. (Submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansParks & Recreational AreasSports
 
Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden (<i>entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
4. Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden (entrance)
Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden (<i>plaza & benches</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
5. Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden (plaza & benches)
Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Sign image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
6. Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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