By: LaQuincey Reed
Bronze, 14 x 12.5 z 7.5 in.
“Often overlooked in the narrative of the Old West is the African – American Cowboy. Historians estimate that one in four cowboys were black. After the Civil War, being a cowboy was one of the few jobs open to men of color who frequently faced discrimination. Amongst their fellow cowboys, they found respect and a level of impartiality that they hadn’t experienced before. “Ain’t a Killer but Don’t Push Me” explores the relationship between African American culture to the gun. The West was a vast open territory filled with unknown dangers; a gun could afford protection and deter harm.”