In a day where technology is at our fingertips and life is flying by at an astronomical pace, taking time to slow down is seldom a priority for most people. However, fifth graders, who had been studying about America at the turn of the century, were taken back in time recently by two special gentlemen who came to visit and share the legacy of the Black Cowboy of yesteryear.
Mr. James (Bobo) Streeter and Mr. Isaac Moses graciously agreed to come out to Ruskin to share information regarding the cowboys who were such an integral part of settling the west during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Students were able to hear many of the legends associated with the black cowboys from the book Saddles and Sabers, Black Men in the Old West by LaVere Anderson.
Students enjoyed meeting the gentlemen’s horses, Candala and Miracle, while learning about the many inventions and techniques used today in training and breaking horses. Many inventions and techniques were developed by the black cowboy during a time in our country’s history when life traveled at a slower pace.
Donna Solomon is principal at Ruskin Elementary School.
Pictured (L-R): Mr. James (Bobo) Streeter, Mr. Isaac Moses, and 5th grade students at Ruskin Elementary.