Vintage Black Heroes: The Chisholm Kid Exhibition
July 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - September 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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The first black cowboy to be featured in a comic strip, The Chisholm Kid appeared from 1950 – 1954 in the Pittsburgh Courier’s comic insert. To mark the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail – and to pay homage to the 5,000 – 9,000 black cowboys who drove cattle along the trail from Texas to Kansas following the Civil War – this exhibition features panels from the original comic strip. Known as the “Lone Fighter for Justice for All,” the namesake hero of The Chisholm Kid was portrayed as a positive black character equal to contemporaries like Hopalong Cassidy, Dick Tracy, Buck Rogers, and Flash Gordon a full decade before the Civil Rights Movement in America.
The exhibition was organized by the Museum of UnCut Funk and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. To learn more about the Chisholm Kid Vintage Black comic strips, visit museumofuncutfunk.com/2015/10/20/vintage-black-heroes-exhibition/