Mule races at the fair.

Wilson Daily Times, 30 October 1922.

If I understand this brief piece correctly, African-American horse owners sponsored two races for fair attendees riding mules. Who were the “colored horse owners”? Were Black owners or jockeys common in Wilson County in the 1920s? Who were the mule race winners? 

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.


  1. My mother, who is 94 yrs. old, reported that her grandparents, Sam and Catherine Clark who lived on Smith St., owned 2 horses along with a horse buggy.

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