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You can walk in the steps of Civil War soldiers and see the battlefield hospital with bullet holes and blood stains. Experience the quarters where household slaves worked and slept. Take a modern day horse ride along the early Sante Fe Trail route, or stop for refreshments in a bank once robbed by the famous James Younger gang. Come visit and you’ll find even more. Visit visitlexingtonmo.com.
On a bluff above the Missouri River, there is a little-known African American cemetery named Forest Grove predating the Civil War. It is believed burials began prior to 1854. Many of those first buried at Forest Grove were born into slavery, but as free people the scope of their labors mirrored the times. In 1872, the City of Lexington conveyed this property to “the trustees for the colored people of Lexington,” with the property to be held “forever in trust for the colored people of Lexington to be used as a graveyard and burying ground.”
The Forest Grove Cemetery Project was organized in recent years to restore headstones and fencing, resurface the road, and provide continual maintenance on the cemetery, as well as compile biographies of those interred. Forest Grove is one of three antebellum cemeteries that still have current burials within Lexington. Find more details at forestgrovecemeteryproject.org.