From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Black Horsemen

The Butler Family from North Middletown, KY, developed a website titled "Back in Black: A History of Black Horsemen in the Twentieth Century" for the gathering and sharing of information. [The website is no longer available.] The site had included photos of many of the men who worked with horses. There was also the 2007 exhibit at the American Saddlebred Museum in Lexington, KY, Out of the Shadows: Bringing to Light Black Horsemen in Saddlebred History. A DVD by the same title is available for purchase at the American Saddlebred Museum. For more information see L. Muhammad, "Show heralds achievements of Black trainers," Courier-Journal (Louisville), 02/05/2007, Features section, p. 1E; Exhibition Honoring Black Horsemen Set to Open, 02/03/2007, a website [removed]; and African American Horsemen of Bourbon County included in American Saddlebred Museum Exhibit, 02/10/2005, a Kentucky Horse Park news release.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Bourbon County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Fayette County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about North Middletown, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Lexington, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Out of the Shadows: Bringing to Light Black Horsemen in Saddlebred History (videorecording)

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“Black Horsemen,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed December 1, 2020,

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