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Black Cowboys: An American Story

  • 20 Jan 2024
  • 3 Apr 2024
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Did you know that one of four cowboys who went on the trail was Black?  Black Cowboys: An American Story explores the lives and work of the numerous Black men, women and children – enslaved and free – who labored on the ranches of Texas and participated on cattle drives before the Civil War through the turn of the twentieth century.

This powerful exhibition features artifacts, photographs and documents depicting the work and skills of Black cowboys.  Black Cowboys: An American Story offers insight into legendary cowboys, a clearer picture of the Black West and a more diverse portrait of the American West. Be transported through time to meet a variety of real Black cowboys and appreciate their deep impact on American History. Discover how they tamed and trained horses, tended livestock and rode on the trail with thousands of cattle across America.

Black Cowboys: An American Story is included in general admission or museum membership. This exhibit can be found on the first floor, in our temporary exhibits gallery at the back of the Innovation Studios Gallery. Plan your visit today!

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