Black Cowboys: An American Story

This 'powerful' exhibition opens Sept. 22 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Did you know that one of four cowboys who went on the trail was Black?  

Visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK, to find out more at a new exhibition entitled Black Cowboys: An American Story. This powerful exhibition opens Sept. 22 and runs through January 2, 2024. It 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 from before the Civil War through the turn of the 20th century. 

Sepia toned image of Black cowboy set against blue-tinted background
Image from National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum website

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 through artifacts, photographs and documents depicting the work and skills of Black cowboys. 

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. 

For more information, visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum website or call (405) 478-2250.

About the museum

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955 and located in Oklahoma City, it collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West.

More than 10 million visitors from around the world have sought out this unique museum to gain better understanding of the West.

The museum is committed to diversity in its collections, exhibitions and programming, and to supporting the diverse community both in Oklahoma City and worldwide.




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