Black Heritage in Racing Experience

Black Heritage in Racing Experience

Saturdays (May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21)

This special offer includes full access to the Museum where you will explore the Black Heritage in Racing exhibit, as well as attend a live performance of Proud of My Calling, which brings to life Black jockeys and horsemen in the sport of Thoroughbred Racing. Guests can also join the complimentary Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs.

The Museum's newly expanded "Black Heritage in Racing" exhibit is now 20 times larger and is featured in a prominent location on the first floor of the Museum. Guests will learn about the exceptional horsemen from the early days of horse racing, including Oliver Lewis, the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby in 1875 aboard Aristides; Ansel Williamson, who trained Aristides; and Jimmy Winkfield, a Kentucky native who won back-to-back runnings aboard His Eminence in 1901 and Alan-a-Dale in 1902. Modern times are also explored, including the stories of Raymond Daniels and Greg Harbut, owners of 2020 Derby contender Necker Island.

"Proud of My Calling" Experience features the lives of Isaac Murphy, Ansel Williamson, and Jimmy Winkfield. These were among the greatest horsemen of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as the Kentucky Derby was becoming one of the most prominent sporting events in America. Join us for a one hour, immersive, theatre-style production as we use costumed actors bring to life the lives of these amazing horsemen. You will leave knowing the Kentucky Derby Heritage is also Black Heritage. This live performance begins at 3:00.

Black Heritage in Racing Proud of My Calling performers

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Black Heritage in Racing Exhibit


  • Saturdays: May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21
  • $25 per person
  • Proud of My Calling performance is at 3:00

Suggested itinerary:

  • 1:00 Visit Black Heritage in Racing exhibit, located on the first floor near the Winner’s Circle exhibit
  • 2:00 Join Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs, which leaves from Museum lobby
  • 2:40 Watch movie “The Greatest Race”
  • 3:00 “Proud of My Calling” live performance
  • 4:00 Visit other exhibits throughout the Museum

The Museum’s Derby Café Express is open for lunch on Saturdays from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.