Multi-ring binder with tooled leather cover, titled Brown Race Pictures among acanthus leaves; rear with Native American in full headdress; front and back covers with inside pockets. Nineteen pages, each with a photo of a winning racehorse, owned by C.C. or Elizabeth Brown. All but one trained by African American trainer H.G. Bass; all but one with African American jockey W. Gillum aboard. Each of 16 race photos shows the finish, the horse with jockey and owners, trainers, etc.; a few have the start photo.
These races occurred at four Texas tracks between 1968 and 1970: Columbus Race Course (Columbus), Crosby Downs (Crosby), La Bahia Downs (Goliad), and L.I.F.E. Downs (Laredo). There are three color images of horses in front of the track sign interspersed (two at Columbus, one at La Bahia). Horses include: Hy Motion, Sue's Billy Joe, Brownie's Chick, Sue's Barbett, Flashie, Cinco's Flashey, Flashie Sis, and Olympia Chick.
African Americans have made significant contributions to horse racing from its inception, with Black jockeys dominating winner's circles for much of its history. The first running of the Kentucky Derby was won by a 19 year old Black man named Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides.
Binder is excellent, photos very good.
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