In the Wild West, when Anglos and non-Anglos tended to move in separate social spheres, cowboys were an unusually integrated lot; one-third or more of the working cowboys in Texas were African American, Latino or American Indian. Founded in 2001, the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum highlights the important contributions of these ethnically diverse cowboys to the unique culture of the West. The museum also celebrates the contributions of other African Americans, such as the Buffalo Soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen and early African American flying pioneer Bessie Coleman. The museum’s Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who were instrumental in the formation of Western history, such as Bill Pickett and Bose Ikard.
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum