Sharing What We've Learned So Far
Update: As of November 2020, the website is live! Please visit africanamericanhorsestories.org
Post date: July 1, 2019
As a follow up to the History Harvests held on April 13 and May 18, we held a Shareback Session on June 13, at the Lexington Public Library, Central Branch. Around 20 people attended, a mix of contributors, researchers, museum professionals and interested community members. We presented a selection of materials and clips from oral histories to give an overview of what has been contributed so far. Conversations, questions, and feedback followed. We received requests to keep offering this type of information session, and we look forward to it. Here, we offer a recap of the Shareback Session, and a preview of materials that will make up the Chronicle website.
In addition to the images above, we also shared clips of three audio recordings that expressed different aspects of working in the horse business.
- An excerpt from Jonathan Figgs’ oral history revealed his early childhood interest in working with horses, how both of his grandfathers’ influenced Mr. Figgs entering the business, and the sense of intimidation he felt as a small boy just beginning to work in a stable with big horses.
- Severa Jacobs' story excerpt provided an unexpected perspective of her father, who classified himself African American, although he was a Cuban immigrant working toward US citizenship. Ms. Jacobs remembers that her father’s accent stood out from other people of color in the community, and he was treated a little differently.
- Jeremy Reese’s audio clip shared the story behind the naming of his non-profit organization for his grandfather, Frankie’s Little Corner Training Center. Mr. Reese honors the legacy of his grandfather by introducing youth to horsemanship, just as Frankie himself brought him to the stables and taught him the skills he passes on today.
We express our gratitude for all who shared parts of their lives at the History Harvests, and who are continuing to help shine a light on a side of the horse world we know so little about.