Thursday January 4, 2024, 6:30 pm reception, 7 pm program

ABCL’s Black History Portrait Banners honor trailblazers who have contributed to Lexington and American history and culture over the last four centuries.

This year’s banner honorees are two former Lexington residents

  • Kate Barbadoes – Perseverance in the 18th Century: baptized with her husband in Lexington in 1754, their three children were baptized in Lexington in 1755 and 1756, widowed in 1757 when her husband Quawk died. Come hear more about her story and the ripple effect that she had on the Revolutionary War and abolition movement.   .
  • John Henry Brown – Reestablishing Black Residency in the 19th Century: enslaved in Maryland, self-emancipated in 1862, Civil War veteran, resident of Lexington from 1860s to 1920.  Come here more about his story and how he became a pillar of the community with a pension.

Doors open at 6:30 for socializing with appetizers and drinks

There will also be an opportunity to take pictures with the portrait banners after the program.

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