The first running of the Kentucky Derby was in 1875. The first winning jockey, Oliver Lewis, was African American. 13 of the 15 jockeys who raced that day were Black. Black jockeys won 15 of the first 28 runnings of the Kentucky Derby. However, by the 1904 racing season, Jim Crow laws had all but barred Black jockeys (& trainers).

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JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is a collective environment of creative visions featuring monthly exhibitions of (inter)national, emerging to established, contemporary artists.
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