The International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park has launched the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, a new website designed to increase awareness, education, and access to African-American history. The site builds upon information discovered for the museum's permanent exhibit, Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf.
Through a collaborative effort between individuals, organizations, and communities, the goal of this digital history platform is to uncover, collect, document, and make accessible the history of African-Americans in the horse industry. The Chronicle relies on researchers finding archival materials, as well as family members sharing their stories, photos, documents and memorabilia.
The International Museum of the Horse invites African-Americans who currently work or have worked with horses, in any discipline, anywhere throughout the U.S. to contribute their history to the collection. The digital archive allows contributors to tell their personal stories without letting go of family treasures. Oral histories are archived at the museum's partner repository, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky.
To learn more about the contributing writers and teacher representatives, visit the International Museum of the Horse website here. To preview the website, click here for an introductory video. For more information about the Kentucky Horse Park, visit kyhorsepark.com.