Main Library Bernheim Gallery – on display through June 5

Black Heritage in Racing banner for Community Art Exhibit

The impact that Black Americans have had on the Thoroughbred racing industry cannot be overlooked or overstated. From the very beginning of the sport in the United States, African American jockeys, trainers, grooms, breeders, handicappers, and owners have left incredible legacies in the hoofprints of history.

Many of these brave and accomplished men and women overcame the injustices of enslavement, oppression, and segregation to ply their trade and express their love of horse racing.

The groom by KD Lowing

The Black Heritage in Racing Community Art Contest honored these legacies by encouraging artists—both amateur and professional—to explore these themes. Now the Kentucky Derby Museum, along with community partners the Kentucky Center for African American History, Ali Center, KMAC Museum, and the Library, are thrilled to share these artistic tributes.

Truth by Jim Gastinger


Last Updated: 2/8/22