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Sneak Preview of the Website

three photographs of African American men with horses
Jeremy Reese with his horse Max; Jimmy Winkfield on Pentecost, Keeneland Library -- Cook Collection; Robert Caldwell, Jr. leading Bret Hanover

Update: As of November 2020, the website is live! Please visit

Thanks to an invitation from the Equine History Collective, on August 13, we had the opportunity to share a preview of the website with insights from a few members of the collaborative team that has helped to build it. The Equine History Collective promotes the horse as a lens for trans-regional history, and serves as an interface for related historical research in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

They hosted a panel discussion with these representatives from the Chronicle team:

Yvonne Giles, PhD., digs deep into the past to uncover information about early African American horsemen and women. Her research at Lexington’s African Cemetery Number Two has revealed layers of rich history surrounding the birthplace of Kentucky’s racing community. Read more about her research on this blog post about her family history, and this one about the cemetery.

Rev. Leslie Whitlock groomed Saddlebreds as he grew up under the guidance of horse-loving mentors. He continues their tradition of building trust and building character, now as a Thoroughbred owner and trainer, and as a leader in his church and New Day Ministries. Listen to more of his story in the oral histories online

Jeremy “Jermo” Reese teaches horsemanship to youth through his non-profit organization, Frankie’s Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade. His work is named after and inspired by his grandfather, who was a well-known Thoroughbred handler. You can also hear more of his story in the oral history collection

Michael Phelps teaches high school social studies and is working on his Master’s degree in History, focusing his thesis on lesser-known African American horsemen. As an intern with the Chronicle project, he applied his research skills and writing to help shape the fragments of historical records into website content. Read more about his summer of data organizing in this blog post

Karen Lanier, digital project manager for the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, coordinates the collaborative team. Her diverse background includes interpretive writing, documentary production, environmental education, and community outreach. 

We invite you to watch and share the video of the presentation. Click below to view it on Equine History Collective's site.

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We are grateful to Equine History Collective for hosting the discussion and for making this available at no cost.

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

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