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First Black Comic-Strip Cowboy Inspiration for Kids’ Event at the National Cowboy Museum
Saturdays for Kids dedicated to The Chisholm Kid, the first black cowboy featured in a comic strip.
OKLAHOMA CITY — In 1950, The Chisholm Kid — as star of the eponymous The Chisholm Kid comic — became the first black comic-strip cowboy. Known as “The Lone Fighter for Justice for All, ” The Chisholm Kid is the inspiration for a special children’s event at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum on February 2.
“Comic Book Art” is the featured programming for the Museum’s February Saturdays for Kids. From 10:00 a.m. – noon, children and accompanying adults will discover more about The Chisholm Kid comic strip and create a comic of their own.
From 1950 – 1954, a decade prior to the Civil Rights Movement in America, The Chisholm Kid appeared in the Pittsburgh Courier’s comic insert. A cowboy from Oklahoma, The Kid served as a positive black role model who was the equal of such contemporary characters as Hopalong Cassidy, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Dick Tracy.
“Just as The Chisholm Kid paid homage to the thousands of black cowboys who drove cattle north along the Chisholm Trail in the years following the Civil War,” said Museum President & CEO Natalie Shirley, “so, too, do we recognize The Chisholm Kid for celebrating the true diversity that has always existed in the American West.”
Held the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – noon, the National Cowboy Museum’s Saturdays for Kids events offer drop-in activities designed for children ages 4 – 12. Free for children and accompanying adults while supplies last, Saturdays for Kids are made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation. For more information about upcoming Saturdays for Kids activities, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org.
About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. The Museum offers annual memberships beginning at just $40. For more information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org. For high-resolution images related to the National Cowboy Museum or this event, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/media-pics.