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The African American Ball (Lexington, KY)
Start Year : 1994
The 1st Annual African American Ball was presented as a charity event in January 1994 and has since been held every year. It is the largest African American ball in the state; more than 6,000 guests have attended the affair over the years. The ball is a black tie event with art, entertainment, fashion, and music all in one night. Proceeds benefit the African American Forum Endowment Fund of the Blue Grass Community Foundation. For more see the African American Forum, Inc. and the Lexington Herald-Leader's annual article about the ball.
Subjects: Balls, Promenades, Socials
Geographic Region: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky

Cleveland Kentucky State College Club
The Cleveland Kentucky State College Club members were graduates of Kentucky State College who lived in Cleveland, OH. Beginning in 1953, the club gave an annual Derby Ball. The 1957 ball was held at the Carlton House in Cleveland and Johnnie Blakes Orchestra provided the music. There were hundreds of guests. Evelyn Morgan was chair of the Dance Committee and assisted by Gilbert Britt, Mary Grinage, and John Long. The 1957 officers of the Cleveland Kentucky State College Club were Elmer Collins, president; Jeanette Polk, recording secretary; Lillian Gantt, corresponding secretary; William Stovall, treasurer; Rose Clayhourne, reporter; and Mary Collins, historian. For more see "Kentucky St. grads have traditional Derby Ball," Cleveland Call and Post, 05/11/1957, p.3B.
Subjects: Balls, Promenades, Socials
Geographic Region: Kentucky / Cleveland, Ohio

Mrs. Stokes's Negro Ball
Start Year : 1897
New York millionaire Mrs. W. E. D. Stokes was owner of the Patchen Wilkes Farm, located three miles outside of Lexington, KY, on Winchester Pike. She had an interest in trotting horses; African Americans referred to her as "The Horse Lady". In 1897, in celebration of the building of her new brick barn (someone had burned down the previous barn), Mrs. Stokes held a ball in the 240 foot by 60 foot structure. The barn was elaborately decorated in anticipation of the 200 Negro guests who had accepted her formal invitation. Stokes had also invited friends from New York. A caterer was hired, and Jones' Colored Band provided the music. A formal dinner was served on a 110 foot long table, and the highlight of the night was the cakewalk competition. The winner would receive a 2 1/2 foot tall cake decorated in cathedral style. It was expected the winners would be a local couple, Dicer Williams and Mary Emma Jones, who had won all but two of the cakewalk competitions held in the area. The entire event was thought to be the first Negro ball in the region. For more see "Mrs. Stokes's Negro Ball," New York Times, 10/03/1897, p. 3.
Subjects: Balls, Promenades, Socials
Geographic Region: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky / New York


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