Black Cowboy 1 … an Essay in Images

Sammy Davis Jr.s’ dream of playing a Western Hero/Cowboy was likely greatly lessened by the false belief that there were no Black cowboys in the Old West.

But there were. Plenty. Just not in the cinema.

Black Cowboy

Black Cowboy painting

Black Cowboy 1
Cowboy Nat Love – (Deadwood Dick) 


texas longhorn

Black cowboys of Texas

Black Cowboys


Black Cowboy 2


Black Buckaroos

longhorn 2


Author: jcalberta

Howdy! I love Westerns. ... and the intent of is to celebrate Western Movies/Film - old and new. This site will eventually show my top 30 favorite Westerns - or more. I will have original graphic work with regular updates. All this - and more ... Yee Haw ... !! - jcablerta / Moderator / Administrator

6 thoughts on “Black Cowboy 1 … an Essay in Images”

  1. I’d like to read the ‘Black West’. Poor Sammy. What a pity Hollywood didn’t create a script showing the estimated 5,000 black cowboys. First time I saw one in film was Blazing Saddles and thought it looked odd.

    1. One of the first depictions of Blacks in a Western that portrayed them in a dignified manner was Sergeant Rutledge (1960) starring Woody Strode. Caused a bit of a stir of that time. Haven’t seen the film in years and am wondering if it still stands up? Will have to have a look.

    1. Did Cary make Westerns? (joke) Many of us kids had that dream,
      Researchers say that between 1/4 and 1/3 of Cowboys in the Old West were Black or Mexican Vaqueros. That’s quite a few.

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