Dr Pellom McDaniels, III will sign his book, The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy, on Thursday, April 30th from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm at the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop.
Please see the press release below for even more information about the book, author, and event.
Dr. Pellom McDaniels, III to Appear on April 30 at KHP for Isaac Murphy Book Signing
The Keeneland Library Lecture Series on April 29 moves to the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in downtown Lexington, where Dr. Pellom McDaniels, III will discuss his book, The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.
The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Lyric Theatre at 300 East Third Street. McDaniels’ presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Born in Central Kentucky in 1861, Murphy competed in 11 runnings of the Kentucky Derby and became the first jockey to win the race three times: Buchanan (1884), Riley (1890) and Kingman (1861). He died of pneumonia in Lexington in 1896 and in 1955 became the first jockey elected to the Racing Hall of Fame. Murphy is considered one of the greatest riders in the history of the sport.
McDaniels, a former professional football player, is faculty curator of African-American collections and assistant professor of African-American studies at Emory University in Atlanta. He said he had never heard of Murphy until around 2007 when he was researching the importance of sports to African-Americans during the mid- to late-19th century.
He conducted extensive research in Kentucky, including the Keeneland Library, for his book about Murphy. McDaniels’ book explores the social, political, cultural and economic circumstances and consequences that led to Murphy’s decision to ride and the factors near the end of the 19th century that led to the exclusion of black men from horse racing and other occupations considered “too good” for them.
The Keeneland Library Lecture is one of several special public and private events in which McDaniels and members of his family will participate during his four-day visit to Lexington and Louisville. Free public events in Lexington are:
6 p.m. – McDaniels will present “An Evening in Isaac Murphy’s Parlor” at the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden on East Third Street. The event will include a dedication of the amphitheater.
6:30-8:30 p.m. – Keeneland Library Lecture Series with McDaniels at the Lyric Theatre.
Noon-1 p.m. – The University of Kentucky’s History Department hosts McDaniels’ presentation in the William T. Young Library, Room B108-C.
3:30-5 p.m. – The Kentucky Horse Park and the International Museum of the Horse present a book signing with McDaniels at the Gift Shop.
6 p.m. – Official welcome to McDaniels from the Urban City Council before its meeting at the Government Center at 200 E. Main Street.
The Keeneland Library, established in 1939, is a public research/reference library that is one of the world’s largest repositories of information related to the Thoroughbred. For its contributions to the Thoroughbred industry, the Library received the 2002 Special Eclipse Award.
The Library Lecture Series is designed to spotlight notable horses and people in Thoroughbred racing.