Black Cowboy 1 … an Essay in Images

2 Feb

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


6 Responses to “Black Cowboy 1 … an Essay in Images”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong February 2, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

    Garry yearned to be one of those guys 🙂 That, or Cary Grant.


    • jcalberta February 3, 2015 at 8:17 am #

      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.


  2. Rick February 3, 2015 at 6:43 am #

    I talk about Nat Love in class. He was born in Nashville.


    • jcalberta February 3, 2015 at 8:18 am #

      Thanks Rick, I did not know that. I plan to post a small profile on Nat.


  3. Cindy Bruchman February 3, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    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.


    • jcalberta February 3, 2015 at 8:26 am #

      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.

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