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The Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry

Welcome to the Chronicle! Please join us on the journey of discovery. Funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and housed at the International Museum of the Horse, the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry will build on the museum’s exhibit of Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf.

Meet the Chronicle

The history of the horse industry in America cannot be separated from African American history. From slavery to agriculture to professional sports, one could say that the entire equine industry has been built on the backs of African Americans. Likewise, American culture was built around horses. Recognition of individuals, their contributions and achievements is long overdue, and the memory-holders are fading away. The ultimate goal of the Chronicle is to create an online, interactive archive to house and display photos, documents, artifacts, and oral histories. Users will be able to connect the past to the present.

  • Descendants and current-day African Americans working in the horse industry will be able to explore the past and connect history to modern experiences. They are invited to add their own voice to the Chronicle. The perspective of descendants will steer the development of the website, with a dedication to preserving their heritage with the utmost respect. 
  • Historical institutions, genealogists, and libraries will integrate their collections and gain ease of access to use documents for their own interpretive purposes. 
  • Students and teachers will gain a better understanding of African American history and its connections to local places and events related to the horse industry. 
  • College students and professors will engage with primary documents and related content, learn the importance of metadata, and build the Chronicle by entering information. 

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Chronicling the Chronicle