Jockey boys in catacombs – Early champions of the Kentucky Derby winners, Oliver Lewis, Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton, Isaac Murphy, Jimmy “wink” Winkfield, willie simms, Billy Walker, Erskine Henderson, James “Soup” Perkins, and Babe Hurd, all of whom have been forgotten. Three cracks in wall are indicative of our history much of which, like that of Jockey boys, has being erased.
Since early 20s black jockeys disappeared from the Derby. It would be another 80 years before a black jockey re-appeared at the Derby. The red chair holds the Jockey boy who was last derby winner. Mammy with watermelon is the mothers of all of these forgotten Jockey boys. All jockey boys carrying a piece of watermelon – good luck charms like a rabbits foot. Inset scale is the way the Jockey boys were balanced and weighed. As well a subliminal view of the scales of justice - often tilted against.
Ealy Mays' eclectic online art gallery featuring Lawn Jockeys images, Jockey boy paintings, and other art narratives of the first black jockeys in American horseracing and early Kentucky Derby winners