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NEW LOCATION! Lecture: All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry by Jim Beckwith

when: May. 3, 2018

NEW LOCATION at the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center!

The Joel Lane Museum House presents a lecture on “All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry, from the 1780 Epsom Derby to the Great Match Race of 1823” by Jim Beckwith.

In a remarkable forty years, from the close of the American Revolution to an omen of the Civil War, three generations of race horses made a great impact on America. Just in time for the Kentucky Derby, Jim Beckwith tells the story. Diomed, the great English racer who came to Virginia late in life, was the father of Sir Archie. Sir Archie, after coming from Virginia to North Carolina, became the great foundation sire of the American thoroughbred. Then his son, Henry, foaled near Halifax, North Carolina, representing the South, ran against Diomed’s grandson, American Eclipse, representing the North, in the Great Match Race of 1823 on Long Island. Sixty thousand people attended this race, which was the first sporting event to capture the imagination of the young republic, causing Congress to adjourn and the stock exchange to close.

Time: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:00pm

Location: Mordecai Historic Site Visitor Center, 1101 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27604. Parking is available on Cedar and Mimosa Streets, with handicapped spots on both. Cedar is closest to the Visitor Center, but it’s a short, pleasant walk through the park from Mimosa Street.

Admission: For the public: $16; Members of the Joel Lane Historical Society and students with identification: $11. Advanced purchase is required, and seating is very limited. Proceeds from the event directly support JLMH’s educational programming and site preservation. Refreshments provided. Please call 919-833-3431 with your credit card, mail a check to Joel Lane Museum House, P O Box 10884, Raleigh, NC 27605, or go to the Eventbrite web site. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

Contact Information: phone: (919) 833-3431; email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

James P. Beckwith, Jr. is a native of Warrenton, N.C. He is a graduate of the Episcopal High School, UNC at Chapel Hill, and the University of Chicago Law School. He teaches commercial law at the North Carolina Central University School of Law and lives in Durham.


NEW LOCATION! Lecture: All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry by Jim Beckwith
NEW LOCATION! Lecture: All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry by Jim Beckwith
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What visitors say

Thank you so much for letting our IB Human Geography class come tour the Joel Lane house. I really enjoyed learning about how high-class people lived back them. I was surprised to hear that they were always working and had no time to themselves. I was also shocked at the size of the beds. They were so small! You two really played good parts and made me feel like I was really back in those times.