Interesting article at CNN about a new documentary on African American cowboys, The Forgotten Cowboys. Click on the excerpt to go to the article:
During the 17th and 18th century, many slaves were displaced from areas of Western Africa where cattle herding cultures — as depicted in 4,000 year old cave paintings at Tassili n’Ajjer, in the south of modern-day Algeria — had existed for millennia.
But historians say that those who became cowboys in the 19th century joined a new cultural tradition — developed in the company of their European and Native American counterparts — with different breeds of cattle and new techniques.
Life for a black cowboy was tough, explains Michael Searles, Emeritus Assistant Professor of History at Augusta State University, who has edited an anthology of writing on the subject.