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The Legacy of Black Horsemen Screening

Wednesday March 27 @ 6:30 pm 8:30 pm EDT

Three jockeys on three separate horses at a horse race

The image of the painting First Futurity by L. Maurer appears courtesy of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

The Legacy of Black Horsemen, an hour-long historical documentary, tells the stories of Black jockeys, trainers, owners, grooms, and exercisers in the 1800s whose contributions helped lay the foundation for the Thoroughbred industry. It is an era that paralleled slavery, the outbreak of the Civil War, and the ensuing segregation and Jim Crow laws that generations would face and overcome to be successful. Utilizing contemporary interviews, reenactments, historical photographs and paintings, the film highlights the Black horsemen who were instrumental in making Thoroughbred racing America’s first national pastime. The program is funded in part by the KET Endowment for Kentucky Productions. 

This event is free to attend but registration is required.


300 E Third St
Lexington, Kentucky 40508
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