My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies… Pardner!

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

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

    1. jcalberta says:

      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 says:

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

    1. jcalberta says:

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

  3. 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. jcalberta says:

      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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