Is there a little statue of a man (or a statue of a little man) on your lawn? Is it holding an imaginary horse or maybe a lantern?

Who decided to have a person who races horses stand in a front yard? How do real jockeys feel about this?

Originally they were supposed to be representing footmen, a male domestic worker. You could could actually hitch your horse to it. Sometimes they held a lantern.

Legend has it that Jocko Graves, an African-American youth who served under George Washington was deemed too young attack Trenton and was left behind to tend the horses and keep a light on for their return. He froze to death at his post and Washington was so moved, he had a statue made to honor him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawn_jockey

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