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Vintage Black Heroes: The Chisholm Kid Panel Exhibition At The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Jul 21, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017

This series of historically significant comic strips pays homage to one of the first Black heroes to be featured in a comic strip, appearing in the Pittsburgh Courier’s first-ever color comic insert from 1950-1954.

Commemorating the Chisholm Trails 150th anniversary, the exhibition pays homage to the thousands of Black cowboys who drove cattle along the Chisholm Trail from Texas to Kansas after the Civil War.

People Saw This Exhibition

“It is important to present segments of the American West that aren’t commonly talked about. The Chisholm Kid first appeared in comic strips in the same decade as the Brown v. Board of Education court ruling, a significant milestone in our country’s history. We’re privileged to display this positive and unique Black character, and we believe the community will be intrigued by this rare collection of unseen comic strips."

Chief Financial Officer and Interim President and CEO Gary Moore


  • Exhibition was very well received
  • People loved it – “2 thumbs up”
  • Comics are vibrant
  • Visitors read all of the comic strips / most of the comic strips
  • Equally well received by kids and adults
  • Good fit with museum information on Black Cowboys
  • Activities for kids were also well received:
    • Liked the temporary tattoos
    • Liked the comic strip activity



  • Adults
  • Members Of The Military
  • Students
  • Seniors

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We would like to thank The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for hosting our Vintage Black Heroes: The Chisholm Kid panel exhibition.

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  • Date: Jul 21, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017
  • Location:National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Curators:Loreen Williamson