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Published on Mar 12, 2012
Lexington Public Library presents an original documentary production on a historic African-American cemetery and the small band of Lexingtonians who have spent years restoring it. Thousands are buried at African Cemetery No. 2, including the winning jockey of the first Kentucky Derby, Oliver Lewis, a number of Buffalo Soldiers and a member of the Civil Wars's 54th Massachusetts Regiment. The 141-year-old cemetery was neglected and overgrown before volunteers began the work of restoring the grounds and gathering the life stories of those buried there. Produced by the LPL's Cable Channel 20. Edited and Directed by Thom Southerland. Photography by Thai Emmerich.