The Kentucky Equine Education Project will offer a limited edition “The Color of Silk” print in recognition of Black History Month. The print commemorates the Jockey Silks Art Project featuring the racing silks worn by African American jockeys who won 16 Kentucky Derby races held from 1875 to 1902. Nine of the jockeys were born in Kentucky. Seven of the Thoroughbreds they rode were trained by African Americans.
“The Color of Silk” is a product of a living and learning community at UK, LEXengaged, that brought together William Wells Brown students and UK undergraduates to learn, via art, about the contributions African Americans have made to our state’s premier industry.
The print is available for $50.00 (postage included) with all net proceeds going to William Wells Brown Elementary. To order a print, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At KEEP Day at the Capitol in Frankfort Feb. 23, the KEEP Foundation will recognize the contribution of African American horsemen to our industry and honor their legacy by presenting our African American legislators with a ‘The Color of Silk’ print.