James “Soup” Perkins

James “Soup” Perkins

Birth
Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Death 1911 (aged 30–31)
Hamilton, Hamilton Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 84956913 · View Source
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James "soup" Perkins, a jockey, rode Halma, wire to wire win in the Kentucky Derby in 1895,at 15 years of age. one of the youngest black jockeys, his nickname came from his love of soup, he weighed 90 lbs. his parents were slaves at Major Flournoy's Walnut Hall,Lexington,Ky.His father was John Jacob Perkins, a standardbred trainer, and his mother was Mattie. Soup Perkins Alley was named after him in Lexington in 2011. he began riding at age 11 at Latonia racetrack in 1891. on oct. 16, 1893,he rode 5 horses to win that day on the Old Ky Assn track, and finished 2nd on another mount.out of 762 mounts he had 192 victories.one brother, William Perkins,a prominent trainer, had just topped the list of trainers of winners when he died in 1927.they saddled the winners of 82 races.his other bro was Frank Perkins, a trainer. James was earning $5000 per year, a large sum at that time. Soup died of heart failure in Hamilton, Ontario.his body was brought home to be buried with black horsemen in Lexington,Ky.his mother, sister, and bro are named on the plaque in the family plot. Major Matthew Flournoy's will leaves to his frst son, victor, 400 ac with the manor house, walnut hall, and 1000 along the river,,, to second son Marcellas, 600 acres,,to dau Emily, 100 ac and 1 slave, to dau, Betsy, 100ac and 1 slave, to dau Louisa,some lots. the major must have been in favor of emancipation as he freed 3 children, Warren, Mary, Jane, children of Rachel, Anny, and Nancy. they were to be raised and taught a trade by Victor and his wife. for help in raising these children, Matthew was given to Victor and his wife. possibly these were Soup's family. copies for family only.


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  • Created by: nancy ashley
  • Added: 13 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84956913
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James “Soup” Perkins (1880–1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84956913, citing African Cemetery #2, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by nancy ashley (contributor 47196931) .