By Bruce Todd

Born in northeast Texas in 1867, Matthew �Bones� Hooks used to be a real pioneer who not just outfitted a city, faculties, and church buildings, but in addition broke down racial obstacles as one of many first black cowboys to paintings along whites as a ranch hand. After his retirement as a cowboy, Hooks heard of a horse not anyone may experience. He challenged the horse�s proprietor to permit him attempt to his luck turned identified around the state because the trip. all through his lifestyles, Hooks negotiated among either side of the tracks, utilizing his unusual allure to achieve the aid of the rich to supply assets for the terrible. He helped many of us purchase houses, teach their childrens, and begin companies in his followed place of origin of Amarillo, Texas. His is the seldom-heard tale of ways blacks pioneered the yankee West.

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