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'Delta Hill Riders': African-American cowboy culture in the Mississippi Delta
https://www.yahoo.com/ ^ | 6/15/18

Posted on 06/16/2018 11:45:00 AM PDT by BBell

Rory Doyle’s ongoing personal project shares the story of African-American cowboy culture in the rural Mississippi Delta, challenging the Hollywood portrayal of the American cowboy. The work highlights the black cowboys and cowgirls in the Delta as a proud group existing beyond the movie image of the American West.

The project began in early 2017 when Doyle attended a rodeo celebrating black cowboy heritage in the region. Over the past year, he’s documented this band of horse riders in a place not typically known for its cowboys.

A recent article from Smithsonian magazine estimated that one in four cowboys was African-American following the Civil War, yet this population was drastically underrepresented in popular accounts. “Delta Hill Riders” sheds light on a prominent subculture historically overlooked, even in the Mississippi Delta.

Born in 1983, Maine native Doyle is currently based in Cleveland, Miss., the heart of the Delta. Doyle’s editorial work highlights populations in the region that are often unnoticed or underserved. Along with his series about African-American Delta cowboys, he has documented the growing Latino population in an area most known for its black and white history. Doyle’s publication list includes the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, ESPN’s “The Undefeated,” Getty Images, Vox Media and the Financial Times. He also provides marketing imagery for Delta State University.

Doyle has twice assisted Ron Haviv, photographer and co-founder of VII, while he instructed the documentary photography course for Barefoot Workshops in Clarksdale, Miss.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: africanamerican; black; cowboy; cowboys; deltahillriders; mississippi; mississippidelta
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When I moved down to Southern Louisiana I was surprised by the real black cowboys down here. They love their horses like any cowboy would. Growing up and living in various parts of the country I had never seen a lot of black cowboys before.

‘Delta Hill Riders’ — African-American cowboy culture in the Mississippi Delta James, a smoking Delta cowboy with a golden grill, poses for a portrait in Bolivar County, Miss., November 2017. (Photograph by Rory Doyle)

‘Delta Hill Riders’ — African-American cowboy culture in the Mississippi Delta Big Mike teaches kids to ride horses in rural Humphreys County, Miss., March 2018. (Photograph by Rory Doyle)

‘Delta Hill Riders’ — African-American cowboy culture in the Mississippi Delta Joe “Dancing Cowboy” Wrenn and his wife Barbara dance on “Cowboy Night” at Club Black Castle in Ruleville, Miss., February 2018. (Photograph by Rory Doyle)

‘Delta Hill Riders’ — African-American cowboy culture in the Mississippi Delta Grandson Javaris and grandfather Rogers pose for a portrait after riding their horses in the Christmas parade in Cleveland, Miss., Decemeber 2017. (Photograph by Rory Doyle)

‘Delta Hill Riders’ — African-American cowboy culture in the Mississippi Delta ReRe, a young cowgirl poses for a portrait at the Black Heritage Rodeo in Greenville, Miss., January 2018. (Photograph by Rory Doyle)

1 posted on 06/16/2018 11:45:00 AM PDT by BBell
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To: BBell

Gee, is nothing sacred? /sarc


2 posted on 06/16/2018 11:47:05 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Samantha BeeITCH . . . BOYCOTT CANADIAN Travel & Products BUY AMERICAN)
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To: BBell
Awesome. Makes me think of Blazing Saddles. 🍿🍻😹🐂🐎. Works for me and I've known some from when we lived there. Great folks.
3 posted on 06/16/2018 11:49:07 AM PDT by rktman (Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?)
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To: rktman

100% cowboys and cowgirls.


4 posted on 06/16/2018 11:51:10 AM PDT by BBell (not drinking, just a smart a$$)
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To: BBell

WOOOHOOO! Americana.


5 posted on 06/16/2018 11:51:40 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: BBell

Only a Liberal would be surprised at the thought of a Cowboy or a Cowgirl being black. I swear! Those people are so out of touch with who Americans are.


6 posted on 06/16/2018 11:55:17 AM PDT by Howie66 ("...Against All Enemies, Foreign and Democrat.....")
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To: Howie66

Also busts the leftist stereotypes that blacks are helpless, ignorant animals incapable of being strong independent Americans


7 posted on 06/16/2018 12:03:44 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Yes, Liberals, I question your patriotism3)
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To: Howie66
Eastern city slickers just discovered black cowboys?


8 posted on 06/16/2018 12:04:13 PM PDT by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: Howie66
Eastern city slickers just discovered black cowboys?


9 posted on 06/16/2018 12:04:13 PM PDT by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: BBell
I had never seen a lot of black cowboys before.

You have Hollywood to blame for this fact.

Being a "cowboy" was literally the bottom rung of society. So these were rough men of ALL races. Read some article that about a third of all cowboys were black. A large amount were of Hispanic extraction, depending on what location(North or South of the Border.)

My favorite black cowboy character was Mr. Kightlinger(sp?)of the John Wayne movie The Cowboys. Loved that movie!
10 posted on 06/16/2018 12:09:17 PM PDT by RedMonqey (" Those who turn their arms in for plowshares will be doing the plowing for those who didn’t.")
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To: BBell

An estimated 1/3 of Caribbean and Atlantic pirates were black, too.


11 posted on 06/16/2018 12:09:21 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I have the easiest life in the history of the world.)
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To: BBell

Even the western states, the location of Hollywood westerns, had far more black cowboys than ever depicted in Hollywood movies.


12 posted on 06/16/2018 12:11:59 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: BBell

Kewl!


13 posted on 06/16/2018 12:13:13 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: MuttTheHoople

Amen.


14 posted on 06/16/2018 12:14:06 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: BBell
a young cowgirl poses for a portrait

This is what people should think of when the phrase " Strong, Proud and Black...but liberals think of "whitey hating Black Panthers".

Bet this young woman wouldn't manage the phrase "All hat and no cattle"

(love the warm, self assured smirk on her face)
15 posted on 06/16/2018 12:16:23 PM PDT by RedMonqey (" Those who turn their arms in for plowshares will be doing the plowing for those who didn’t.")
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To: MuttTheHoople

Which is why you don’t hear much about it.

To add many Buffalo Soldiers after leaving the Army went out West and became US Marshals. Not much is written about that. My guess is that it also doesn’t fit the PC mold.


16 posted on 06/16/2018 12:23:03 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (When words can mean anything, they can also mean nothing.)
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To: BBell

Cattle in the Mississippi delta?

Don’t the alligators eat them?


17 posted on 06/16/2018 12:23:42 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BBell
The Lesser-Known History of African-American Cowboys


Bill Pickett invented “bulldogging,” a rodeo technique to wrestle a steer to the ground.
Interesting that he doesn't have his chaps on but rather draped across the saddle horn.

18 posted on 06/16/2018 12:25:14 PM PDT by deport
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To: BBell

I was once driving in downtown Baltimore, and three Black dudes were riding horses. I was so confused...


19 posted on 06/16/2018 12:30:22 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: BBell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6xJzAYYrX8


20 posted on 06/16/2018 12:35:07 PM PDT by EEGator
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