Black Cowboy Exhibit

A Long Hard Ride into History


Description: A Long Hard Ride into History explores the history and contributions of the African American Cowboy in the Old West from the early migrations of Slaves from the South through the settling and taming of the West. This exhibit was assembled so as to be both informative and educational. Additional information about this exhibit can be on the Black Cowboy Exhibit Brochure.

Contents: A Long Hard Ride Into History consists of 30 to 40 pieces including Black Cowboy Movie posters, original paintings and drawing by historian, artist, and collector Mr. Murphy Darden, books, newspaper clippings, and other artifacts taken from Mr. Darden’s extensive collection.



To increase the awareness of the history and legacy of the African American Cowboy and African American people



To instill a deeper appreciation of the African American Cowboy experience through the historical collection Mr. Murphy Darden by producing innovative and educational exhibits that celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of the African American Cowboy.

Type of Exhibit: Historical

Security Level: High


If your organization is interested in showcasing the Black Cowboy exhibit please contact the BACC at (269) 349-1035 or via email