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A Juneteenth Rodeo: Photography Collection of 1970s Small-Town Black Rodeos

  • Anytime
  • 2310 San Gabriel St Austin, TX, 78705
1 hour

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Neill-Cochran House Museum

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ARTIST STATEMENT:

A Juneteenth Rodeo is a collection of photographs taken in the late 1970s in the jubilant, vibrant, vital, and now all-but vanished world of small-town Black rodeos. By the time you are reading these words, I will be 75. Three-quarters of a century. So dramatically much closer to the end than to the beginning. This exhibition, and the publication on which it is based, is the fulfillment of what I’ve thought of as a sacred duty that had to be accomplished before I reached that end: to return these photos and stories to the community they sprang from.

Though rooted in the enduring tragedy of enslavement, Black rodeos, particularly Juneteenth rodeos, were triumphant occasions that celebrated fellowship, community, and victories both in and out of the arena. While never denying the dark history and profound deprivation that underlay these events, it is their spirit of triumph, of joy, I most sought to capture and convey.

I will never know what it meant to be a Black cowboy in this or any era, but through these images and the accompanying narrative, I hope to explain why I was drawn to their world and what I discovered in those now all-but vanished, small-town rodeos.

The journey started a long time ago.

IMPORTANT DATES

On Display: June 5th – Sept 1st, 2024

Opening Reception: June 22nd, 2024
Part of The Neill-Cochran House Museum Juneteenth Celebration.

Activity Type:

Social Activity, Solo Activity, In Person, Indoor

Level:

beginner-friendly

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