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Eric Bennett

Bill Pickett invented and popularized “bulldogging,” a method of steer-wrestling inspired by cattle dogs. To bring a bull to the ground, Pickett would leap atop its back, twist its horns with his hands, and bite its upper lip. Pickett initially adopted “bulldogging” working as a ranch hand, but his steer-wrestling skills soon launched him into the Rodeo show business of the West.

Pickett was born near Austin, Texas. He quit school after the fifth grade and began working full time as a cowboy, developing his talents in roping and horsemanship. As a teenager he began performing at carnivals, rodeos, and county fairs throughout the southwest. Initially promoters dressed Pickett as a Mexican bullfighter, obscuring his African American descent for commercial reasons. In 1907 Pickett signed on with the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch Wild West Show based in Oklahoma s Cherokee Strip Pickett adopted the name The Dusky Demon and ...

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Larry Lester

rodeo entertainer, was born in Jenks-Branch community in Travis County, Texas, the son of Thomas Jefferson Pickett, a former slave, and Mary “Janie” Virginia Elizabeth Gilbert. The second of thirteen children, Pickett reportedly grew to be five feet seven inches tall and approximately 145 pounds. Little is known about his early childhood, except that he attended school through the fifth grade. Afterward he took up ranch work and soon developed the skills, such as roping and riding, that would serve him well in rodeo. On 2 December 1890 Pickett married Maggie Turner of Palestine, Texas, the daughter of a white southern plantation owner and his former slave. They had nine children. The Picketts joined the Taylor Baptist Church, where Pickett served as deacon for many years.

Sometime prior to 1900 Pickett and his brothers organized the Pickett Brothers Bronco Busters and Rough Riders Association operating out ...

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Rob Fink

cowboy and rodeo star who invented the practice of “bulldogging.” Pickett was one of the leading rodeo cowboys in the United States during the early twentieth century. His exciting style of steer wrestling, known as “bulldogging,” brought him national fame. Pickett's accomplishments and legend as a rodeo cowboy grew, culminating in his election to the National Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1972.

William (Bill) Pickett was the oldest of thirteen children born to Thomas Jefferson Pickett and Macy Virginia Elizabeth Pickett. His parents, both former slaves from Louisiana, moved to Travis County in central Texas in 1870. They settled in the Jenks-Branch community, roughly thirty miles northwest of Austin. The Picketts supported their family by raising vegetables to sell at local markets.

Bill began his life in the farm community attending the local rural African American school through the fifth grade He ended his education at the ...

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Luis Gómez-Acuña

who lived in colonial Lima, the capital of the viceroyalty of Peru—a city located close to the Pacific Ocean. Almost no details are known about his birth and upbringing. Like other persons of African descent who lived in Lima either as slaves or free workers, Pizí embraced some Hispanic customs and traditions, including bullfighting. It was very common to observe black people in colonial Lima perform as bullfighters during special public festivities. In general, bullfighting took place in open rural and urban areas such as rural estates or urban squares. These spaces were generally referred to in Spanish as ruedo or arena (bullring), and coliseo or plaza coliseum One of the few details we know about Pizí s life is that he performed as a bullfighter at the inauguration of the first indoor bullring in colonial Lima known as Plaza de Acho one of the oldest on the American ...