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From Emancipation to Modernity

The exhibit is located in the Taylor County Historical Commission Archives Building located at 317 Pecan Street, Abilene, TX 79602, by appointment. Some public days will be scheduled as volunteers are available. To schedule a visit email or call the desk at Frontier Texas 325-437-2800 and they will try to contact the volunteers.

The exhibit includes prints of historic photos, a collection of books on the topic of black cowboys, cowboy clothing, gear and other associated artifacts, on loan from local collections.

The exhibit was originally curated by Dr. A.C. Jackson in 1995 to honor the contributions of black cowboys in the development of the Texas cattle and ranching industries. He worked to have Juneteenth Cowboys recognized by the Texas State Legislature.

Support for this exhibit provided by:

Taylor County Historical Commission members, Frontier Texas, the Taylor County History Center at Buffalo Gap, the Abilene Public Library, the Grace Museum, Let us Breathe Abilene, and additional artifacts from Alan Huffines.

Bill Picket historic photo
Juneteenth Cowboys: Programs
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