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African-American Homesteaders and Cowboys of Nebraska


<a href="">Vicki Troxel Harris</a>


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.”

Age Group
Grade 4 to Adult

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