Project to Preserve African-American Turf History (PPAATH): Tales of African-American Kentucky Derby Achievements from 1875 – 1902
Join us for a discussion of pioneering efforts of African-American racehorse men who shaped the early legacy of the racing industry. During this period, 13 of the 15 jockeys in the inaugural Kentucky Derby were black. In the following years until 1902, black jockeys won 15 of the first Kentucky Derby editions. Jimmy Winkfield was the last black jockey to win back-to-back Kentucky Derbys in 1901 and 1902. Due to the social ills and Jim Crow laws implemented in the early years of the 20th century, black jockeys were forced from the sport as the economic gains that ensued excluded them in sharing of the wealth.
This conversation will be led by PPAATH members James Natsis, Calvin Davis, Jerry Fife, and Leon Nichols, in partnership with resident artist, Audrey Menefee.
This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Tales from the Turf: The Kentucky Horse, 1825 – 1950.
FREE as part of Sunday Showcase