Nat Love (pronounced “Nate” Love) (June 1854 – 1921), (sometimes “Deadwood Dick“), was an African-American cowboy and former slave in the period following theAmerican Civil War. His self-reported exploits and claims (as found in his published autobiography) have made him the most famous Black folk hero of the Old West.[1]  

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3 thoughts on “Nat Love a.k.a. Deadwood Dick: The Old West’s Greatest Black Cowboy

  1. It’s funny how Hollywood loves to make westerns but they’ve never made one about Deadwood Dick. I heard so much about him growing up. Yet Hollywood overhyped fake cowboys like John Most people don’t that one out of four cowboys were black back in the day. Another great post OW13! Thank you!

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