Black Cowboys in 21st Century Chicago January 13, 2010 Stop by the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center (BVIC) to check out the photographic exhibit about modern day black cowboys by curator George E. Jones. The exhibit closes on Monday, March 1, 2010. BVIC is located at 411 East 35th Street. Call 773.373.2842 for more information about the black cowboys or the visitor center.
Black Cowboys of the Old West: True, Sensational, and Little-Known Stories from History
Black Cowboys of the Old West: True, Sensational, and Little-Known Stories from History by Tricia Martineau Wagner. $8.65. 200 pages. Author: Tricia Martineau Wagner. Publisher: TwoDot; First edition (December 21, 2010)
Black cowboys of the late 1800s. From the plantations of the South to the plains of Texas, black cowboys made their mark on the subduing of the vast western territories, keeping the peace with indigenous peoples, "putting out fires" as buffalo soldiers sent to hot spots, and later as cowboys in America's cattle industry and -- gaining fame and glory in the rodeos.
America's forgotten black cowboys > The Lone Ranger, for example, is believed to have been inspired by Bass Reeves, a black lawman who used disguises, had a Native American sidekick and went through his whole career without being shot.