“Too Black Too Fast” Exhibition Debuts in Overtown

The Historic Ward Rooming House exhibition of works by George Nock and Michael McBride celebrates the history of Black jockeys

George Nock

To usher in the 2022 Pegasus World Cup on January 29, Baccarat unveiled “Too Black Too Fast”, a curated art exhibition celebrating the history and contributions of African American jockeys in Thoroughbred horse racing through visual art and portraiture. “Too Black Too Fast” debuted on January 22, at the Historic Ward Rooming House Gallery in Overtown, and will run through mid-February. Guests can tour the exhibit every Thursday to Sunday, from 12-6 p.m. Admission is free. In addition, pieces from the exhibit will be on display at Gulfstream Park during the Pegasus World Cup.

Michael J. McBride
Michael J. McBride

The exhibit tells the story of Black jockeys who played integral roles in the history of Thoroughbred racing through multimedia pieces from the late sculptor George Nock and visual artist Michael J. McBride. More than 200 years before Jackie Robinson took to the baseball field, Black jockeys dominated the “Sport of Kings.” Thirteen of the fifteen jockeys in the inaugural Kentucky Derby in 1875 were African American, and African Americans won 15 of the first 28 runnings of the Kentucky Derby.

The “Too Black Too Fast” exhibit is currently touring with 40 paintings and 25 bronze sculptures. The Historic Ward Rooming House Gallery is located at 249 NW 9th St. in Overtown.

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