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Black Heritage in Racing Tour


African Americans have played an integral role in the history of Thoroughbred Racing. From slavery, to the Civil War, the Jim Crowe era that pushed them out of the sport and to modern day times, learn about the mark African Americans have made on horse racing from the very beginning. This 90 minute tour takes you through historic Churchill Downs Racetrack while learning about some of the most important African American figures in horse racing, and other names that aren’t as well known—but should be. Connect all the historic dots on this tour while making stops at significant places at Churchill Downs that illuminate these important stories.

Meeting Space

Meeting Spaces

2nd Floor Event Space

Oaks Garden Terrace

The Derby Cafe

Area: 1,800 sq. ft.

The Great Hall

Area: 3,350 sq. ft.

The Pollard Gallery

Area: 2,400 sq. ft.

William Ray

Area: 1,990 sq. ft.