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Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenberg Shares Rich Texas State History

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The city of Rosenberg, Texas, has a new museum which it’s hoping will connect visitors with the history of the black cowboy.

Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenburg Shares Rich Texas State History

Photo: Facebook/The Black Cowboy Museum

Opening its doors on Monday, June 19, the Black Cowboy Museum boasts a broad collection of photographs and artifacts featuring those that made the history rich and the tapestry of Texas cowboys one to be proud of. According to the Texas State Historical Association, quite a few of these intrepid fellows were born into slavery and later found there to be a better life out on the open range. After the Civil War, very few became ranch managers or foremen, but many were employed as horse breakers, and some were hired as federal peace officers in Indian Territory. Others took up careers performing in rodeos, and still more eventually owned their own ranches and farms.

Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenburg Shares Rich Texas State History

Photo: Facebook/The Black Cowboy Museum

Larry Callies has been working to organize the museum over the past several years. He’s been a working cowboy since the age of 12, and in 1971, he was the second black cowboy in the Lone Star State to make it to the state finals. Wanting to create something that would keep the history of the black cowboy alive, Callies told ABC 13, “The name ‘cowboy’ came from slaves. They had a house boy, they had a yard boy, and somebody worked the cows — he was called a cowboy. And it started right here in Fort Bend County.”

Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenburg Shares Rich Texas State History
Photo: Facebook/The Black Cowboy Museum

With still more to be added to the museum, Callies identified that a facility that would feature live interactions for visitors is an addition that will be worked on next, showing the life and times of a cowboy in the 1800s.

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