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Vintage Black Heroes: The Chisholm Kid Panel Exhibition At The UTSA Institute Of Texan Cultures Museum

Jan 13, 2018 - Apr 01, 2018

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

"The Chisholm Kid was a made up character inspired by the historic Chisholm Trail and the very real history of African American cowboys. Bit he was more than just another cowboy during the cowboy craze of the 1950s. He was a figure that fought for racial justice at a time when it was in short supply."

Sarah Gould, Lead Curatorial Researcher


  • Exhibition was very well received
  • Peaked curiosity and interest
  • People never knew comics existed and appreciated seeing them
  • Everyone read the panels 



  • K-12 Students
  • College Students
  • Adults
  • Group Tours
  • Seniors
  • Military

Media Coverage

San Antonio

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Museum Partner

The Museum Of UnCut Funk would like to thank the UTSA Institute Of Texan Cultures for hosting this exhibition.

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  • Date: Jan 13, 2018 - Apr 01, 2018
  • Location:UTSA Institute Of Texan Cultures Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  • Curators:Loreen Williamson