Master of Ceremony Harold Cash and Larry Callies, founder of the Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenberg, welcome inductee Tex Williams, his cousin, to the stage on Thursday during the museum’s first-ever hall of fame induction ceremony.

When Larry Callies founded the Black Cowboy Museum in 2017, he had one goal: teaching people a history they might not have heard otherwise.

“The story of the Black cowboy needed to be told,” Callies said. “I didn’t want what the Black cowboys did to go in vain.”

Now years later, that goal has led more than 7,000 visitors to the museum from 40 states and 35 countries. The museum held its first-ever Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday at the Rosenberg Civic Center to further honor the legacies of Black cowboys.

Harold Cash, a 2010 Hall of Fame inductee of the Multicultural Western Heritage Museum, and who knew many of Thursday night’s inductees personally, served as the master of ceremony for the event.

He called the inductees, “the best of the best” among the legends of Black cowboys.

 Attendees came dressed in their finest cowboy boots and hats. Tables were adorned with decorative silver boots and lassos. The convention hall featured saddles, historical blurbs and photos of some of the best Black cowboys in history.

“Larry started the Black Cowboy Hall of Fame because he saw how Black cowboys were being treated,” Cash said. “All the work you’ve seen tonight is the result of the board [of directors] that Larry’s put around him.”


The Bailey Prairie Kid shows off the buckle he received after he was inducted into the hall of fame.


Freddie “Skeet” Gordon shows off the buckle he received after he was inducted into the first class of the Black Cowboy Museum Hall of Fame on Thursday

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