Black Heritage In Racing

Black History Month lasts longer than 28 days in the Kentucky Derby Museum… as it should. The industry, like much of the country, was built from the labor and talents of Black Americans. As the Derby Museum notes, 15 of the first 28 winning Derby jockeys were Black, before Jim Crow laws pushed Black people out of the industry. Now, the museum has added, “A new tour and special programming to bring this rich history to life in a new way and serve as an extension to the Museum’s longtime permanent exhibit, African Americans in Thoroughbred Racing, and educational programming.” One new program includes the opportunity to learn about jockey Isaac Murphy — 3-time Derby winner and considered one of the all-time best jockeys — as costumed performers take on Murphy and other horsemen in an interactive, educational experience. Offering so much to learn, experience and inspire, the Derby Museum should be on your list. 


Kentucky Derby Museum
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (open at 11 a.m. on Sunday)
704 Central Ave.
Prices vary