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Posted on: July 6, 2017

African-American Homesteaders and Cowboys of Nebraska

Join us on Saturday, July 22nd at 2:00 p.m. to hear Vicki Troxel Harris' program about African-American homesteaders and cowboys of Nebraska. In the 1854 census of Nebraska, there were 14 blacks listed as slaves. After the Civil War, African-Americans came to Nebraska as cowhands, laborers, cavalrymen and homesteaders. Vicki recounts many of the oral histories she has collected about cowboys, such as Jim Kelly and Amos Harris from the Lexington area and Roy Hayes of Cherry County “who could catch anything with legs.” This interesting program is brought to us by Humanities Nebraska.

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