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LEEDS Center for the Arts - Winchester, Ky

March 15 - 16, 2019 / LEEDS Center for the Arts
In hopes of planting a vision in the heart of Winchester, one that believes the spirit of the past can be redeemed and our future, as fellow citizens, more richly nurtured, The Greater Clark Foundation and Clark County Community Foundation have joined together to bring 'I Was Here' to Clark County. The mission of the project is twofold—to create a memorial to those who were sold into slavery and in doing so, to seek a path beyond who we were and move toward a vision of who we could be. The project aims to instill a deeper understanding of our common humanity and to create a means to “see the world with different eyes”. The repercussions from slavery are not merely a "southern issue". It is a national wound that we, as fellow Americans, must work together to acknowledge and heal.

There are two events associated with 'I Was Here' - a reception on March 15 and an On The Street Museum Walk and Community Conversation on March 16. Note: The walk will be held rain or shine.

Both events are free, but participants are asked to register for EACH event. Please register on our website at AND

Use the Winchester installation guide to locate each Ancestor Spirit portrait. Click here to view the legend.

February 10, 2019 / Old Fayette County Courthouse
Please join us to celebrate the lives of people once sold at Cheapside with a prayer to honor and sanctify the space — followed by a pop up market of food, music and keepsakes highlighting African American owned businesses.

Featured during the ceremony:
Soprano, Shareese Johnson, will perform “Vocalise” by Sergei Rachmaninov.
Barry Darnell Burton will recite “I Am Calling Your Name,” a prayer blessing the souls who were once sold here.

The I Was Here Sanctification Ceremony is the first and only such event for Lexington, during February, Black History month, and will become an annual celebration.