March 22, 2023
KEEP Recognizes African-American Horsemen

The Kentucky Equine Schooling Mission (KEEP) Basis is proud to current this restricted version “Silk Colour” version in honor of Black Historical past Month.

This version commemorates the Jockey Silks Artwork Mission, which options racing silks worn by African-American jockeys who received the 16 Kentucky Derby (G1) races held from 1875 to 1902. 9 of the jockeys have been born in Kentucky. Seven of the purebreds they trip have been educated by African People.

Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky is wealthy in historical past with African American horsemen. From grooms to trainers and essentially the most profitable jockeys of the nineteenth century, African People are a part of our story.

On February 23, KEEP Day within the capital metropolis in Frankfort, the KEEP Basis will acknowledge the contributions of African-American equestrians to our trade and honor their legacy by presenting a “Colour of Silk” version to our African-American legislators.

“The Colour of Silk” is the product of a dwelling and studying group at LEXengaged College of Kentucky, bringing collectively William Wells Brown college students and UK undergraduates to be taught concerning the contribution African People have made to our state’s prime minister by the humanities. trade. The poster is written with the wealthy historical past and the shifting course of that created it.


“William Wells Brown college students would fortunately cheer collectively saying ‘England, UK’ after we arrived at their faculty,” mentioned Rosie Moosnick, former LEXengaged program director. A primary-generation pupil in England would run for William Wells Brown in his personal time to indicate some robust love for his mentee to go to school like him.

Artist Julie Struck has labored with college students from the College of Kentucky and William Wells Brown Elementary, situated on the land that was previously the Kentucky Affiliation Raceway. A lot of the jockeys concerned on this venture lived and labored in that space.

The print is out there for $50 (together with postage) and all web proceeds will go to William Wells Brown Elementary.

Click on to be taught extra about The Jockey Silks Mission HERE.

Click on to be taught extra concerning the African American jockeys who received the Kentucky Derby HERE.

To order a restricted version “Silk Colour” print, e-mail

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