Black Cowboys of the Old West reviews:

Black Cowboys of the Old West has a special place in my heart because these trailblazing cowboys of the Old West paved the way and helped make me the black cowboy I am today. This strongly written, proud saga is more than just a great book; it brings to life the quiet, unmapped stories of extraordinary men who have been omitted from history. Black Cowboys of the Old West is the most absorbing work of historical value that I have read in a long time. You'll want everyone you know to read it."  

- Cleo Hearn, "Mr. Black Rodeo" founder and producer of the Cowboys of Color Rodeo Tour, and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association member since 1959


"Black Cowboys of the Old West is a great reminder that African American men and women were indeed part of the American West. Thoroughly researched and engagingly written, it is a must read for those who want to know about the little known or nearly forgotten black folks who made a living and a life on the cattle frontier." 

- Quintard Taylor, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History, University of Washington, founder of


"Tricia Martineau Wagner, author of African American Women of the Old West, brings readers a delightful new companion volume, Black Cowboys of the Old West. The ten biographies in this well-researched and lively book range from rodeo stars (Bill Pickett) to working cowhands (Bose Ikard, Jim Perry). Wagner succeeds admirably in her goal of bringing black cowboys into “‘the nation's vision of a shared authentic Western heritage.’” 

-Richard W. Slatta, professor of history at North Carolina State University, and author of Cowboy: The Illustrated History, The Mythical West, and The Cowboy Encyclopedia


"Tricia Martineau Wagner continues to bring history to life with her book Black Cowboys of the Old West, a significant contribution to the study of African American history. Accounts of cowboys like Jesse Stahl, Robert Lemmons, and Daniel Webster Wallace provide information that not only educates, but also entertains." 

-Ed Diaz, President of the Association for African American Historical Research and Preservation