The Little-Known Black History Of The American West

One in four cowboys was Black. A former slave became the "Potato King of the World." Stagecoach Mary's birthday was celebrated twice a year. And more...


The African American Women of the Wild West - The exciting and inspiring lives of six Black women who went West.
5 African-American Cowboys Who Shaped the American West - In the real Old West, it's estimated that a quarter of all cowboys were African-American.
Black Cowboys of the American West - A one-hour video presentation by Professor Michael Searles, author of Black Cowboys in the American West: On the Range, on the Stage, Behind the Badge.
A Black Cowboy Confronts the Whitewashed History of the West - Larry Callies comes from a long line of black cowboys living and working on the frontier.
The Lesser-Known History of African-American Cowboys - Roping and rodeos have been, and continue to be, a way of life for many Blacks. Today, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo continues to celebrate the contributions and stories of Black Cowboys and Cowgirls in the American West, a sub-culture that is still strong today.
The Exodusters - This short video provides an overview of the Exoduster movement that inspired thousands of Blacks to move into the American West following the collapse of Reconstruction after the U.S. Civil War.
Nicodemus, Kansas | The Black Experience Moving West - Short video about the Nicodemus National Historic Site, one of the most famous towns settled by Blacks after the Civil War. They Built Their Own Town | Nicodemus, Kansas - Another short video about the history of Nicodemus. If you're now hooked on the story of Nicodemus, here's some more videos about the town, past and present.
Junius G. Groves - Kansas State Historical Society profile of the 'Potato King.' Additional information and images are provided in this video profile.
Pain of 'Trail of Tears' shared by Blacks as well as Native Americans - The Trail of Tears is an epochal moment not only in Cherokee history, but also in Black history. See also: Enslaved Black People: The Part of the Trail of Tears Narrative No One Told You About.
Havens for Freed Slaves - Between 1865 and 1920, Oklahoma had the most all-Black towns and settlements in the country.