The Black Cowboy: A Historical Perspective

1001 Golfview
(281) 633-4734
  • Presented By: Fort Bend County Libraries
  • Dates: 2/11/2020
  • Location: Fort Bend County Libraries - George Memorial Libra...
  • Address: 1001 Golfview
  • Phone: (281) 633-4734
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: FREE
  • Admission: FREE
  • Area of Town: Southwest
  • Free Admission: Yes
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    Travel back in time to the American western frontier days when Fort Bend County Libraries presents “The Black Cowboy: A Historical Perspective” on Tuesday, February 11, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of George Memorial Library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Larry Callies, founder of The Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenberg, will bring the Old West to life, helping the audience better understand the western experience and the rich legacy of the black cowboy. Callies will talk about the history of black cowboys, from 1820 to the 1950s. Hear stories of some of the black cowboys who made an impact on the western frontier, including Bass Reeves, Nat Love, and Bill Pickett. Various western artifacts from 1818 to the 1960s will be on display. Originally from El Campo, Callies is a former rodeo rider, country-music singer, and postman. His interest in the history of black cowboys was piqued when he discovered an old photo from the 1880s taken at the Jones Ranch in Fort Bend County – a photo showing seven black cowboys and one white cowboy. That photo became the cornerstone of The Black Cowboy Museum, a nonprofit organization Callies launched in Rosenberg in 2017. Made possible by the Friends of the George Memorial Library, the program is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (, or call George Memorial Library (281-342-4455) or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

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