Isaac Murphy

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Pellom McDaniels, author of The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy, says it’s time for Lexington to rescue the famed African-American jockey from the footnotes of history.

Kentucky Derby Museum Hosting Jockey Exhibit

Feb 2, 2015

The Kentucky Derby Museum is hosting an exhibit focusing on the life of Kentucky native jockey Isaac Burns Murpy, who won the race three times in the 19th century.  The traveling exhibit on Murphy will be on display at the Louisville museum until May 31st.

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Monday night’s Christmas tree lighting may have lit up Lexington’s Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden, but the park itself remains under construction.

Josh James / WUKY

While celebrated jockey Isaac Murphy broke racing records, it took more than seven years for his Lexington memorial to get to the starting gate.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The sign standing at the corner of Third Street and Midland Avenue in Lexington reads “Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden, coming Spring 2012.” But the lot remains empty.