Originally posted by Dr_Bill_Walsh:
Black cowboys are ILLEGAL!!!!
I worked for over a year on construction jobs with a member of the Black Cowboys Association. He was not illegal, but he was close. Interesting dude. He was a hard worker, smart, tough, and just a little mean.
Black cowboys were common. A cowboy was a relatively low paid worker. Census records suggest that about 15% of all cowboys were of African-American ancestry—ranging from about 25% on the trail drives out of Texas, to very few in the northwest. Other estimates suggest that in the late 19th century, one out of every three cowboys was a Mexican vaquero, and 20% may have been African-American.
Bill Pickett invented the technique of bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground.
In my high school state history class, we learned about Nat Love--one black cowboy and relatively well known, I believe.
Nat Love entered a rodeo in Deadwood, South Dakota, on the 4th of July in 1876. He won the rope, throw, tie, bridle, saddle and bronco riding contests. It was at this contest that the fans gave him the nickname "Deadwood Dick
[ Edited by buck on Jun 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM ]