Edward Hotaling, 75, TV Reporter Who Shed Light on Black History, Is Dead

African-Americans were our first professional athletes.”.. Edward Hotalin to the Village Voice in 1999

Edward Hotaling, a television reporter whose question about racial progress ended the career ofHotaling-obit-articleInline the CBS sports commentator Jimmy (the Greek) Snyder in 1988, but who may have made a more lasting mark by documenting the use of slave labor in building the nation’s Capitol, died on June 3 on Staten Island. He was 75.  The cause was a heart attack, his son Greg said. He had lived in a nursing home since suffering serious injuries in an auto accident in 2007.

In researching a book about horse racing in his hometown — “They’re Off!: Horse Racing at Saratoga” (1995) — he became intrigued by the little-known history of black jockeys and trainers. That led to a follow-up book, “The Great Black Jockeys: The Lives and Times of the Men Who Dominated America’s First National Sport” (1999), an account of the slaves, former slaves and descendants of slaves who were the dominant figures in racing during the 18th and 19th centuries. (In the first Kentucky Derby, in 1875, 13 of the 15 jockeys were black men, many of them born slaves.)

In 2000, while researching the 200th anniversary of the building of the White House and the Capitol for a news feature, Mr. Hotaling found hundreds of monthly payment stubs in Treasury Department archives detailing the work of African-American slave laborers in erecting both buildings. Of 650 workers involved in the projects between 1792 and 1800 400 were slave carpenters, masons and quarry men whose owners received $5 a month for their work.  By .  See more at the NYT

Edward Hotaling, Dead at 75, (NYT)

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