Exhibitions

Text Box: PICTURED: Portrait card of Isaac Burns Murphy produced and distributed by the Gold Coin Chewing Tobacco, ca. 1887.

One of America’s greatest jockeys, Isaac Burns Murphy was known for his honesty, his ability with horses, and his gentlemanly decorum.  Born during slavery and coming to prominence at the end of Reconstruction, Murphy was an example of African American success and achievement.  This exhibition explores the life and career of Murphy, as well as the significance of African American men in general to the development of horse racing as America’s first spectator sport. Using photographs, illustrations, and texts, the 25 didactic panels account for the intersecting contexts within which Murphy came to be known as the Prince of Jockeys. 

          

For information about the exhibition, book signings, lectures or interviews, please contact the author directly using the form below. 


Kentucky Derby Museum February 22, 2015 



Text Box: PICTURED: Portrait card of Isaac Burns Murphy produced and distributed by the Gold Coin Chewing Tobacco, ca. 1887.



 












 

Immortalized in the artwork found in the Pellom McDaniels III Collection, African American Jockeys throughout the 19th century were important factors to the success of the thoroughbred horse racing industry.  African American jockeys such as Anthony Hamilton, Isaac Lewis, Thomas Britton, Billy Walker, and Isaac Murphy achieved a degree of success in the saddle that set them apart from their contemporaries, which made them celebrities in their communities.  Because of their ability with horses, these jockeys maintained a “Magical Disposition” with thoroughbred owners who wanted nothing more than to win.  And win they did.

A Magical Disposition: Prints and Ephemera from the Pellom McDaniels III Collection consists of original 19th century prints and ephemera related to the careers and lives of America’s great black jockeys.    


For information about the exhibition, book signings, lectures or interviews, please contact the author directly using the form below. 





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