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Phoenix Rising Festival honors contributions by African Americans in the horse industry

Posted: 7:09 AM, Sep 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-29 07:09:06-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Saturday, Lexington honored the contributions made by African Americans in the horse industry.

The fourth annual Phoenix Rising Festival gets it's name from the Phoenix Stakes, which were once held on the grounds of the William Wells Brown Community Center.

That track is now closed and the race is held at Keeneland, but this event showcases the roles that African American's had in making the horse industry what it is now.

For centuries, they said their work went unnoticed. But, on Saturday, they were honored with a parade, dancing and reenactments.