jim perry (1858–1918) was an african -american cowboy and top hand, the highest-ranked cowboy on the three million-acre xit ranch texas. perry established himself as an expert roper, rider, bronc buster, cook, and musician. Repin & Like. Thank you . Listen to Noel songs. Noelito Flow.
Bass Reeves-One of the first African American Deputy U. S. Marshals west of the Mississippi, Reeves served in Indian Territory for 32 years. During this time he killed 14 outlaws and served warrants on over 3000, including his own son who was wanted for murder. After Oklahoma statehood in 1907, Reeves worked as a patrolman for the police department in Muskogee, where "reportedly no crimes were committed on his beat."
An estimated 15-20% of all cowboys were black. Prejudice wasn't as serious on the frontier, where everyone had to get along just to survive. In the Old West a man could work hard and maybe make a fortune regardless of the color of his skin. There was racism in the West, of course, but there was also a lot more opportunity. Some black cowboys even banded together to form towns such as West Texas City near Galveston.
Oklahoma Land Rush. "Those who wanted land, and those who wanted land in the Indian Territory. There could be no other classification, for they came from everywhere, were of all age groups, and of every known profession. Hope, determination, and poverty were common to them all."