Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Real African American Cowboys
Nat, “Deadwood Dick,” Love, (1854-1921), was a famous cowboy. He first made a name for himself when he journeyed from his native Tennessee to Dodge City, Kansas.
Love was a scout and range boss. He led cattle drives, participated in rodeos, fought the native American Indians, and developed into quite a legend. In 1907, he wrote his autobiography.
Rodeo cowboy Bill Pickett, (1860-1932), was born in Texas. He developed the art of “bulldogging,” the technique of twisting the neck of a steer by the horns and wrestling it to the ground.
The brazen cowboy gained fame from his bulldogging practice of biting the lip or nose of steers. Pickett was a super star on the wild west rodeo show circuit.
He toured with the 101 Ranch Wild West promotion throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, and England.
Pickett was kicked by a stallion and died in 1932. He was the first African American cowboy inducted into the National Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma (1971).
These are the Real African American black history cowboys.