Learn about Black Cowboys of the Old West
Travel back in time to the American western frontier days when Fort Bend County Libraries presents “Black Cowboys in the Wild West” on Saturday, March 22, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the Missouri City Branch Library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway.
Dressed in authentic cowboy attire, Michael Searles (also known as “Cowboy Mike”) will bring the Old West to life, helping the audience to better understand the western experience of the black cowboy. Searles will dispel many of the myths surrounding the Wild West, and will have various western artifacts on display, including a branding iron, chaps, spurs and a lariat.
Assistant Professor Emeritus of History at Georgia Regents University (formerly Augusta State University) in Augusta, Georgia, Searles enjoys sharing the rich lore of the West with community groups around the country. Often seen about campus sporting a 10-gallon cowboy hat, Searles taught history at Augusta State University for 20 years before his retirement in 2012. He is co-editor of Buffalo Soldiers in the West: A Black Soldiers Anthology (2007), and was a contributor to Black Cowboys of Texas (2000).
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2100 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.
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