Black Heritage in Racing Tour : Official Travel Source

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Black Heritage in Racing Tour


Kentucky Derby Museum is honored to participate in Louisville Tourism’s Unfiltered Truth Collection. In 2021, the Museum enlarged its Black Heritage in Racing Exhibit and moved it to a prominent location on the first floor. This move was done thanks to generous sponsorship by the James Graham Brown Foundation and Churchill Downs. While the exhibit has been a part of the Museum since 1993, this move was necessary to pay proper homage to the many African Americans who played an integral role throughout the history of the Kentucky Derby and Thoroughbred racing.

On the Black Heritage in Racing Tour, you’ll discover some of the most important African American figures in horse racing - from the jockey only known as Simon to two-time Derby winner Jimmy Winkfield. You’ll also visit locations throughout Churchill Downs while hearing about their incredible legacy. The tour wraps up in the Black Heritage in Racing Exhibit where you’ll learn how African American trainers, horse owners, and jockeys continue to shape the future of racing today.

Meeting Space

Meeting Spaces

First Floor Buyout

Night at the Museum -All Spaces

Oaks Garden Terrace

Area: 7,300 sq. ft.

Second Floor Gallery

Area: 3,000 sq. ft.

The Great Hall & Exhibits

Area: 3,700 sq. ft.