Chronicles of The Black Jockeys Volume III: The Kentucky Derby: Beautiful Women, Beautiful Horses, Black Jockeys

Walking in the shadows of ancestral footsteps is often a difficult task.  It becomes monumental when the sport is horseracing and the jockey is African American.  When Marlon St. Julien mounted in 2000, he was the first African American to do so in 79 years.  With the participation of black jockey Kevin Krigger in the 139th running of the Derby, we are reminded of this monumental legacy, albeit forgotten and one which has been largely written out of American history.

This is the third volume in a series articles on the slaves who took their great horsemanship from group jockeysthe horns of Africa to pioneer the new sport of horseracing in America, starting somewhere around the 1670s, evolving through The American Revolution, through the Civil War and Emancipation, and up to descendants who dominated the Kentucky Derby from its 1875 inaugural through 1902, when the game’s history, money, and prestige deemed the need to recast itself, exclusive of its black legacy.

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Here you will find the works of one of the most prolific African American artists. Based in Paris, France, this selection includes current masterpieces as well retrospectives from a body of over 30 years as an ethnic artist painting in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Your choice of paintings, prints, posters, postcards, puzzles, memorabilia, T-shirts, collectibles, accessories,and more, is only a click away. Read more

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