The Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden (IMMAG) is a community collaboration aimed at commemorating the lives, stories and contributions of African-American horse industry members from Lexington’s East End neighborhood.


David Cozart

Vice President

Thomas Tolliver


Pat Gerhard 



Tim Guthrie



Dave Melanson

Emily Edgington

Graves Dickey

Jennifer Shah

Jim Embry

P.G. Peeples

Lee Helmers


1st District Councilman

Chris Ford / Tiffany A Tatum


IMMAG Board Members

Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden

c/o Blue Grass Community Foundation

250 West Main Street Suite 1220

Lexington, KY 40507

Help us commemorate the legacy of Isaac Murphy and others by making a donation of any size.


IMMAG board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

at Urban League: 148 DeWeese

Open to the public.



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Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden

What is the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden?

The Garden will be a place of beauty through its design and art, and also be known as a teaching place, about nature, local heritage, and the sport of racing.  While Isaac is the primary character, the park will also commemorate the accomplishments and contributions of other African-Americans throughout history- other jockeys, tacks, grooms, trainers, etc.   There will be places for public performances, for kids to play, and for simply enjoying art and the city.

Why is it important?

Isaac Murphy changed the sport of Thoroughbred racing forever.  The Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden will be the first park in the United States to honor the earliest African American professional athletes – the Thoroughbred jockey.  Fittingly, the Garden is located on land once owned by Isaac and where his home sat, in the predominately African American East End of Lexington. 

How do I get involved?

Contribute via the secure link at right. We also need volunteers to help us build the Garden.  To learn more, contact Blue Grass Community Foundation at 859-225-3343.

“Isaac Murphy at Blue Grass Stakes Day at Keeneland a great success!  

We received a $7,500 contribution from our partners at Toyota and Keeneland in the winner’s circle, a place Isaac was VERY familiar with!

In the photo are (l to r) Nick Nicholson, CEO of Keeneland, Thomas Toliver, Board Vice Chair, David Cozart, Board Chair, and Will James, CEO Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.”

Isaac Murphy Dig

A community archaeological dig took place in June of 2011 at the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden (IMAAG).  The project was a great success. Items found include: an ancient horse show, many pottery pieces, bottles, and bricks that may very well be from Isaac Murphy’s home on the site.

The dig drew some media attention as well. The Lexington Herald-Leader wrote a couple of pieces about the dig. You may read columnist Merlene Davis’ story by clicking here.


Tom Martin from Business Lexington also wrote about the dig. You may read about that story here. http://www.bizlex.com/Articles-c-2011-05-10-97663.113117-Isaac-Murphy-Memorial-Art-Garden-gets-Underway-with-Dig.html

Be sure to read the AMEC report.

Proposals for signature art at the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden are on display

The stunning art proposals are currently on exhibit at the Robert H. Williams Cultural Center at 644 Georgetown Street in Lexington.  The Cultural Center is open from 10 – 3 Wednesday through Saturday.  

For more info, contact Yvonne Giles at the Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum at 859-255-5066.