From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Slave-Built Building (Lexington,KY)

When the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) moved into their new office in downtown Lexington, KY, in 2000, the organization wanted the building to be recognized as a standing memorial to slave-built architecture. The 200-year-old building was constructed by slaves owned by Kentucky Legislator Henry Clay. Along the baseboard in the front entrance of the building is a gap that gives a view of the bars and the dirt floor in the small cramped basement, where the slaves may have been kept. For more see "Slave-built building will stand as a memorial," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, 09/27/2000; M. Ku, "Goal is a memorial honoring enslaved artisans," Lexington Herald-Leader, 09/27/2000, College & Region section, p. B1; and contact the owner of the building at 112 North Upper Street, Lexington, KY.

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NKAA Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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