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

Hensley, Peter Lee

(born: 1858  -  died: 1926) 

Peter L. Hensley was born in Mt. Sterling, KY and had been a slave. He was the son of Howard and Margaret Magowan Hensley. Peter was a horseman, he owned and bred trotters, owned a grocery store and restaurant when he was 19 years old, and later owned the Yellow Rose Farm in Montgomery County, KY. Two of his winning horses were Temple Bar (who won 24 out of 25 races) and Alcyo (who won 17 consecutive races). Peter Hensley was also president of the Montgomery County Colored Fair Association. Peter Hensley's family was owned by the Magowan Family during slavery. For more see Peter Hensley on p. 392 in The WPA Guide to Kentucky, by F. K. Simon; P. W. L. Jones, "The Greatest Negro harness horse owner," Crisis, Sept. 1937, pp.266, 284-285 [online with picture at Google Book Search]; and the following articles in The Mt. Sterling Advocate: "Alcyo and Temple Bar," 04/18/1906, p. 2, and "Home of Alcyo and Temple Bar," 05/09/1906, p. 3 [picture with article].

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Montgomery County Colored Fair Association (Kentucky)
NKAA Source: The WPA guide to Kentucky
NKAA Source: The Mt. Sterling advocate (newspaper)

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