Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

Park honoring top African-American jockey

Published:   |   Updated: July 15, 2014 at 08:02 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Lexington is honoring a 19th-century jockey with a memorial at the site where he once lived.

A groundbreaking was held Monday for the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden.

Mayor Jim Gray says the park will honor the contributions of African-Americans in the horse racing industry.

Murphy won the Kentucky Derby three times.

Original artwork selected by the community will be featured in the park. Storyboards depicting the lives of Murphy and other African-American horsemen will complement the artwork.

The park will also include seats made of native stone, a sunken amphitheater, bike racks and native plants.

Visitors will also be able to see the foundation of Murphy's home.

A mix of federal, state, local and philanthropic money is funding the $700,000 project. Construction is expected to be complete by November.


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