African American Heritage Trail

Isaac Murphy

 

6. Isaac Murphy 
(1861-1896)

Born on a horse farm in Lexington, Isaac (Burns) Murphy is well known in the history of Thoroughbred racing.  A leading jockey of his time, Murphy's family once lived in downtown Lexington on "Jordan's Row," which "faced the public square." (In 1805, Henry Clay's law office was also located on "Jordan's Row," the present day 110-112 North Upper.)  Later, Murphy lived on Megowan Street near the Thoroughbred Park.  In 1884, 1890 and 1891, he won the Kentucky Derby.  Murphy is buried in the Kentucky Horse Park cemetery on Iron Works Pike where his remains were moved in 1977.

Isaac Murphy

Photo courtesy of Kentucky State 
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