Keeneland Library Lecture Series Returns

Edited Press Release

Keeneland’s popular Library Lecture Series resumes in May with the first of four public events that celebrate recently published works about Thoroughbred racing whose authors conducted research at Keeneland Library.

Tickets are $20 per event and will go on sale at 9 a.m., Friday, Apr. 21 at Proceeds from these ticketed events will benefit the Keeneland Library Foundation, which funds Library preservation, education, outreach and access efforts.

The first two installments of the Library Lecture Series will feature books related to the Library’s current exhibit, The Heart of the Turf: Racing’s Black Pioneers:

• May 11–Katherine Mooney will discuss Isaac Murphy: The Rise and Fall of a Black Jockey
• June 22–Mark Shrager will talk about The First Kentucky Derby: Thirteen Black Jockeys, One Shady Owner, and the Little Red Horse That Wasn’t Supposed to Win

The Heart of the Turf: Racing’s Black Pioneers offers a deep exploration into the lives of African Americans in racing and their contributions to the Thoroughbred industry. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs through August.

The Library Lecture Series continues with two events in late August and September:

• Aug. 24–Jennifer Kelly will discuss The Foxes of Belair: Gallant Fox, Omaha, and the Quest for the Triple Crown
• Sept. 28–Patricia McQueen will review Secretariat’s Legacy: The Sons, Daughters and Descendants Who Keep His Legacy Alive

All programs will be held at the Library from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ET.

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