Vicki Harris: African American Homesteaders & Cowboys of Nebraska

Humanities Nebraska speaker, Vicki Harris, will present her program “African American Homesteaders & Cowboys of Nebraska” on Saturday, August 17th at 1:30pm at the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center located at 1602 Ave A in Scottsbluff.

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. Harris 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 presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the Nebraska State Genealogical Society in cooperation with the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center as a part of the HN Speakers Bureau.



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