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Isom Dart ~ A Black Cowboy It seems history has conspired against the many cowboys of color. Isom Dart is one of those black cowboys whose adventures are often left untold. Born a slave in Arkansas and later freed by the Civil War he rode West. His pursuits ranged from rodeo rider to cattle rustler. His life came to an abrupt end when he was shot down in Cold Springs, Colorado by an unknown assailant on October 3, 1900. #Black_History.

Black Outlaws, Cowboys, and Lawmen of the Old Wild West

Isom Dart ~ A Black Cowboy It seems history has conspired against the many cowboys of color. Isom Dart is one of those black cowboys whose adventures are often left untold. Born a slave in Arkansas and later freed by the Civil War he rode West. His pursuits ranged from rodeo rider to cattle rustler. His life came to an abrupt end when he was shot down in Cold Springs, Colorado by an unknown assailant on October 3, 1900. #Black_History.

Unknown photographer  Jose S. Abeita, bronco buster, in Magdalena  c. 1920  25 x 40  Courtesy of the Autry National Center/Southwest Museum, Los Angeles

Unknown photographer Jose S. Abeita, bronco buster, in Magdalena c. 1920 25 x 40 Courtesy of the Autry National Center/Southwest Museum, Los Angeles

Born on June 14, 1854 as a slave on Robert Love’s plantation in Davidson County Tennessee, Nat Love also known as "Deadwood Dick" would grow up to be one of the most famous cowboys in the Old West.

Born on June 14, 1854 as a slave on Robert Love’s plantation in Davidson County Tennessee, Nat Love also known as "Deadwood Dick" would grow up to be one of the most famous cowboys in the Old West.

There were a lot of African American cowboys. Some of them very famous in their time. They have been left out of the history books.

There were a lot of African American cowboys. Some of them very famous in their time. They have been left out of the history books.

Benjamin Hodges, a black Mexican cowboy who made his living as a con artist in Dodge City.

Benjamin Hodges, a black Mexican cowboy who made his living as a con artist in Dodge City.

James Butler Hickok, ca 1874 He was known as "Wild Bill Hickok", a legend of the American Old West. His skills as a gunfighter and scout, along with his reputation as a lawman and professional gambler, resulted in his fame, though some of his exploits are fictionalized.

James Butler Hickok, ca 1874 He was known as "Wild Bill Hickok", a legend of the American Old West. His skills as a gunfighter and scout, along with his reputation as a lawman and professional gambler, resulted in his fame, though some of his exploits are fictionalized.

Tom Horn, in jail in Cheyenne, Wyoming, before his 1903 execution for the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell.

Tom Horn, in jail in Cheyenne, Wyoming, before his 1903 execution for the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell.

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