Interview with Joseph "Butch" Murrell, July 28, 2008

Project: Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project

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Butch Murrell began his lifelong career as a groom on Thoroughbred farms when he was sixteen years old and was hired by Bluegrass Heights Farm in 1963. In this interview, he shares stories of working for King Ranch and later for E.V. Benjamin at Big Sink Farm for seventeen years. Murrell explains how he stayed with Big Sink Farm after it was purchased by Bert and Diana Firestone and then eventually purchased by Three Chimneys Farm. Murrell discusses working with veterinarian Dr. Ed Fallon and caring for yearlings by such stallions as Bold Ruler, Raise a Native, and Secretariat. Murrell, an African American, reflects on how fewer blacks are now working on the Thoroughbred farms.

Interview Accession

2008oh208_hik088

Interviewee Name

Joseph "Butch" Murrell

Interviewer Name

Kim Lady Smith

Interview Date

2008-07-28

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Murrell, Joseph Interview by Kim Lady Smith. 28 Jul. 2008. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Murrell, J. (2008, July 28). Interview by K. L. Smith. Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Murrell, Joseph, interview by Kim Lady Smith. July 28, 2008, Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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