From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)
Hathaway, John [Hathaway v Commonwealth](died: 1905) John Hathaway had 79 racetrack wins in 1889. He was remembered as a prominent jockey by newspapers around the country when he was hanged in Winchester, KY, for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Etta Thomas. The couple had lived together in Jackson, KY, prior to the day that Thomas left Hathaway and moved to Winchester. She lived at a brothel managed by Alice Bean. In January 1904, Hathaway went to Winchester to retrieve Thomas, and when she refused to return to Jackson with him, he shot her several times. Hathaway was convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but the case was appealed on the assignments of error and was heard by the Kentucky Appeals Court, where the judgment was affirmed. Hathaway was scheduled to hang on on a historic traveling scaffold, January 3, 1905. Hathaway's mother fell unconscious when he was hung and never recovered, she died a few days later. Though, there is a second article that says she died a few months later. John Hathaway was thought to be the first famous jockey to be hanged. For more see "Hathaway v Commonwealth," Kentucky Law Reporter, vol. 26 (July 1904/Jan. 1905), pp. 630-634 [available full-text at Google Book Search]; "Historic scaffold," Lexington Herald, 12/21/1904, p. 5; "She never recovered," Breathitt County News, 01/13/1905, p.1; "John Hathaway...," in the column "Interesting news notes" in the Cleveland Gazette, 01/07/1905, p.2; and "Mary Hathaway, an old colored lady,..." Breathitt County News, 05/05/1905, p.3.