From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Williamson, Ansel

(born: 1810) 

Born in Virginia, Williamson was a slave owned by T. G. Goldsby of Alabama and later bought by R. A. Alexander. Williamson was a horse trainer who conditioned many winners, including Aristides, winner of the first Kentucky Derby, ridden by Oliver Lewis. Williamson was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1998. Williamson is listed in the 1880 U. S. Federal Census as having been born around 1810. For more see Black winning jockeys in the Kentucky Derby, by J. R. and M. R. Saunders.

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NKAA Entry: Lewis, Oliver
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