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A New History of Lexington Kentucky

Appearance Date: 10/29/2022

Lexington is known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” but the city’s history runs much deeper. Learn about the mayor who refused the Ku Klux Klan permission to march and organize in the city. Meet one of the nation’s foremost advocates for voting rights for women who was a native of the city. Visit the many small hamlets around Lexington that were settlements for the formerly enslaved. Lexington was the state’s first capital and the nation’s first community to establish an urban service boundary to regulate growth and preserve horse farms. Seventh-generation Kentuckian and Lexington native Foster Ockerman Jr. offers an updated history.

Meet the Author

Foster Ockerman JR
Foster Ockerman JR

Foster Ockerman Jr., a third-generation Lexingtonian and seventh-generation Kentuckian, is a historian as well as a practicing attorney. He is a founding trustee of the Lexington History Museum Inc. and now serves as president and chief historian. He was named the Outstanding Citizen Lawyer by the Fayette County Bar Association in 2018. He is also a former rock-and-roll disc jockey and a retired professional soccer referee. Ockerman is the author of six works of history, including Historic Lexington (2013), The Hidden History of Horse Racing (2019) and A History Lover’s Guide to Lexington and the Bluegrass, which he coauthored (2020). He is coauthoring a book of photographs covering the histories of Lexington fire departments.