African Americans in Thoroughbred Racing

Explore the significant achievements of African Americans in Kentucky Derby history. This exhibit chronicles the integral role African Americans have played in Thoroughbred racing in America from the very first Derby, where 13 of the 15 jockeys were African-American, to the present. Exhibit features artifacts from the inaugural Kentucky Derby winner and recent trends like the silks from rapper M.C. Hammer’s Oaktown Stables.

Featured Jockey, Isaac Murphy: