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

Lewis, Garrett Davis

(born: 1862  -  died: July 5, 1880) 

In 1880, Garrett Davis Lewis won the Kentucky Derby riding the horse Fonso that was owned by J. Snell Shawhan from Cynthiana, KY. The industry's first foul was claimed after the race. Starting when he was a teen, Lewis had also ridden for Byron McClelland. Garrett DavisLewis died at his home in Hutchison Station, KY a few weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby. He had been injured in an accident that occurred while he was racing in St. Louis, MO.

Garrett Davis Lewis was the son of Henry and Mary Lewis. For more see Black Winning Jockeys in the Kentucky Derby by J. R. Saunders and M. R. Saunders; "Death from accident," Kentucky Gazette, 7/07/1880, p. 3, col. 4; and "Death of Garrett Lewis," Kentucky Live Stock Record, July 10, 1880, p. 25. See also the Garrett Davis Lewis entry in the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry.

*Death notices and name correction provided by Yvonne Giles.

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NKAA Source: Black winning jockeys in the Kentucky Derby
NKAA Source: Kentucky live stock record (periodical)
NKAA Source: Kentucky gazette (newspaper)

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