When cowboys come to mind, they may be real-life people turned legends — Billy the Kid, or Wyatt Earp, or Annie Oakley, let’s say. Or they may be fictional — Hopalong Cassidy, or the Marlboro Man, or one of many roles featuring John Wayne.
All of these cowboys are white. And that overlooks history: there were also black cowboys, and they played an important role in the American West.
Musician Dom Flemons has been thinking a lot about those cowboys, and his forthcoming album features their songs. Flemons joins us from the studios of WBEZ Radio in Chicago.
Flemons is also the host of the American Songster Radio Podcast, which is a production of North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC.
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