Visit https://africanamericanhorsestories.org/ for more information and to see how you can get involved!

The Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry is a project of the International Museum of the Horse. The Institute for Museum and Library Services, Museums for America grant and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation provided initial funding to create the website. The site builds on information discovered for the museum’s permanent exhibit, Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf.

The complete history of African Americans in the horse industry is much larger and more significant than the previous scholarship shows. The museum developed a long-term, on-site exhibition to explore this topic on a local level. It attempts to give proper acknowledgment to those who worked to create an industry that is central to the regional and state economies. Exhibition researchers learned of hundreds of African Americans working in the horse industry in Kentucky in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many more names will emerge through continued research and community crowdsourcing efforts.

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