Highlighting Black Cowboys and Cowgirls
Forgotten history takes center stage at MLK Rodeo
By James Kruger, Special to the Rocky • Photo by Dennis Schroeder / The Rocky
Somewhere between the history books and spaghetti Westerns, the diversity of the American West was squeezed out, leaving behind only the stereotypical John Wayne or Jesse James cowboy.
"One out of three cowboys were African-American," said La Wanna Larson, executive director of the Black American West Museum.
"Just that figure alone staggers people. People often say there's the 'reel' West and there's the 'real' West."