An exhibit featuring the contributions of the African-American community to the equine and Thoroughbred industries in the area will be featured next February during Black History Month at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum.
“We’re reaching out to the African-American community to people who may have photographs, stories or clippings or anything else they may want to share for the exhibit,” said Lisa Hall, City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department and Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame program supervisor. “We’ve already had a couple of e-mail inquiries.”
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African-Americans have played a significant role in the sport of Thoroughbred racing. African-American jockeys during a 27-year period – from 1875-1902 – were a dominant force in the Kentucky Derby as 11 different riders won the Run for the Roses 15 times during that span. African-Americans have made significant contributions as horsemen as owners, trainers, grooms and exercise riders.