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

Kennedy, Raymond "Ray"

(born: 1913  -  died: 1997) 

Raymond "Ray" Kennedy, a horseman, was probably born in Bryantsville, KY. He is the older brother of John "Jay" Kennedy. The family moved to New Kensington/Greensburg, Pennsylvania after the brothers' father died. The Kennedy brothers became well-known horsemen.

There were many other African American horsemen such as those who were featured in the American Saddlebred Museum 2007 exhibit - Out of the Shadows: Bringing to Light Black Horsemen in Saddlebred History.

Additional information provided by Jayne Kennedy-Ellis, niece of Raymond Kennedy.

For more information on the Black Horsemen, see the DVD, Out of the Shadows, winner of a Silver Telly at the 28th Annual Telly Awards, available at the American Saddlebred Museum; and the NKAA entry on Black Horsemen.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Garrard County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Bryantsville, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Item Relations

Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Kennedy, John W. "Jay"
NKAA Source: Out of the Shadows: Bringing to Light Black Horsemen in Saddlebred History (videorecording)

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