Louisville, KY (February 11, 2015) – Pellom McDaniels III, author of “The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy” will be at the Kentucky Derby Museum Feb. 22 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In collaboration with the exhibit of the same name, McDaniels will give a presentation and have an open discussion with Museum Curator of Collections Chris Goodlett, followed by a book signing.
McDaniels is an assistant professor of African American Studies and the faculty curator of African American Collections at Emory University. A former college and professional football player, McDaniels played defensive end for Oregon State University and with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs before retiring in 2000. He is a 2015 recipient of the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award, presented to former student-athletes for athletic and professional success. Guests can purchase their own version of “Prince of Jockeys” in the Finish Line Gift Shop or online at www.derbymuseum.org.
“By thoroughly examining Murphy, Pellom gives readers an inside look into the remarkable life of one of history’s greatest jockeys through his biography and exhibit,” Goodlett said. “His experiences make him a transcendent persona in today’s culture, and guests will be enlightened to hear from this talented author in person.”
McDaniels’ biography is on Murphy, the three-time winning jockey of the Kentucky Derby. His first victory came aboard Buchanan in 1884, followed by Riley and Kingman in 1890 and 1891, respectively, and won 44 percent of the races he entered overall. Born on Tanner Farm in Kentucky and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Murphy proved to be an example of African American success and achievement.
A traveling exhibit based on the book is currently on display at the Museum until May 31 in the second floor Pollard Gallery. Using photographs, illustrations and text, the exhibit of 25 didactic panels explores the significance of African Americans to the development of horse racing as a spectator sport, and highlights how Murphy came to be known as the “Prince of Jockeys.”
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