14 Historic Tales Told at the Trails Center During Black History Month

It's black history month and the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center has a new exhibit featuring fourteen unique African Americans and their stories in Wyoming.

The Febuary show takes a look at the 1969 'Black Fourteen Incident', the outlaw wrangler Isom Dart shares his story of bronc busting in the West.

Wyoming US Marshal James Byrd, one of the first African American law men in Wyoming, is looked at as well as numerous stories of the Buffalo Soldiers.

Staff told News 13 prejudice still existed in the West but the Native American tribes had a particular respect for African Americans.

It is said the term, 'buffalo soldier,' was given to African Americans by Native Americans because of the similarities between their curly black hair and the texture of buffalo fur.

Trails Center Interpreter Shawn Wade discussed the new exhibit, “It gives more of a broad scope of the spectrum of blacks that were influential in Wyoming history. We've got a fur trader here, we've got homesteaders, we've got the Buffalo Soldiers, and so it's more of a cross section of the African Americans that were famous here in Wyoming."

“Images of Black Wyoming” was created from the American Heritage Center through the use of manuscripts, collections, rare books and the university archives.

These historic tales remain alive at the trails center all this month.