The Times podcast: What it means to be a Black cowboy

Sylvester Miller of Stockton stands by his horse at a reservoir in Oakdale, Calif.
Sylvester Miller of Stockton stands by his horse before going out on a trail ride during the Black cowboy and cowgirl campout at Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, Calif.
(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Black people have been part of the American West for centuries. But mainstream cowboy culture long downplayed their contributions, even as they exist in the present day.

Today, we hear from some of them. Read the full transcript here.


Host: L.A. Times national reporter Tyrone Beason

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