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

African Americans in the Thoroughbred Industry Oral History Project

The following information comes from the description on the "Pass the Word" website. "This series focuses on the experiences of African Americans working in the thoroughbred industry in Kentucky. The majority of interviews focus on backside occupations including hot walkers, exercise riders, and groomers. Other occupations include trainers, clockers, and jockeys. Interviewees discuss employment opportunities for African Americans in the racing industry, individuals they have worked with including owners and trainers, living conditions at the track, how they were trained in various occupations, working on horse farms, family life, race horses they have worked with, and the Kentucky Derby. Most of the interviews were conducted in Louisville with individuals who have worked at Churchill Downs."


Cite This NKAA Entry:

“African Americans in the Thoroughbred Industry Oral History Project,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 23, 2024,

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