Sunday, September 19, 2010

African-American exhibit is coming to Racing Hall of Fame

9/5/2010 11:06 PM
Staff writer

An exhibit featuring the contributions of the African-American community to the equine and Thoroughbred industries in the area will be featured next February during Black History Month at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum.

"We're reaching out to the African-American community to people who may have photographs, stories or clippings or anything else they may want to share for the exhibit," said Lisa Hall, City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department and Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame program supervisor. "We've already had a couple of e-mail inquiries."

African-Americans have played a significant role in the sport of Thoroughbred racing. African-American jockeys during a 27-year period - from 1875-1902 - were a dominant force in the Kentucky Derby as 11 different riders won the Run for the Roses 15 times during that span. African-Americans have made significant contributions as horsemen as owners, trainers, grooms and exercise riders.

"People can call me at the office if they want to set up an appointment to come by and show me what they have. I'll be more then happy to sit down and take a look," said Hall.

All of the items that are part of the exhibit will be returned. The clippings and photographs will be scanned, she said. Those who have a story that has been passed from one generation to another about a family member or friend who had worked in the area's equine industry will be recorded, and the story will become part of a DVD compilation that will play during the exhibit, said Hall.

For those parties interested in participating in the exhibit, call 642-7650 or contact the Hall of Fame via e-mail at or

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