Black Cowboys

- Cattle herding has existed in Africa for thousands of years
- Historians believe 1 in 4 Texan cowboys was African American (the number of Mexican cowboys was greater)
- Black cowboys were often expected to do more than their white colleagues
- Despite the hard work, being a black cowboy was better than being a slave
- They were often the first to cross dangerous rivers and got the horses ready to ride in the morning
- Hollywood played a major part in dismissing the roles of blacks in the west
- Some famous black Cowboys and girls: Stagecoach Mary, William Bill Pickett, Nat Love, Bass Reeves