Feb. 17, 2022

Episode 71 - Black Cowboys of the American West

Episode 71 - Black Cowboys of the American West

Jennie and Dianne visit the gravesites of two heros of the American west, Bose Ikard and Nat Love. Both men were born into slavery, but became cowboys after the end of the American Civil War. They faced the dangers of cattle drives and life on the frontier proving themselves to be the best of the best. They were both highly trusted and respected. Their Ordinary Extraordinary lives were full of adventure that has been often over looked by history because of the color of their skin. Join us for their stories on this episode of The Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery podcast.


Resources used to research this episode include:

Knowlton, Christopher. Cattle Kingdom The Hidden History of the Cowboy West. 1st ed., 2017. New York, Mariner Books, 2018.

Love, Nat. The Life and Adventures of Nat Love Better Known in the Cattle Country as "Deadwood Dick" . 1907. Los Angelas, 1907.

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