Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Walking down 52nd street in Walnut Hill, one gets to see many different things. From street vendors to fake Coach, Gucci and Prada bags to even street performers, you can see it all on this busy and colorful street. But, cowboys you say? Although extremely rare, yes you may even see a cowboy or two.
This past weekend we had the pleasure of meeting Country, an African American Cowboy who is a native of West Philadelphia. Raising and tending to horses has been his passion all of his life and riding horses throughout the streets of Philadelphia and the heavily trafficked 52nd street is just as normal to him as “brushing his teeth”.
While new to us and perhaps to anyone who is not from Walnut Hill, African American Cowboys in Philadelphia aren’t as rare as one may think. Throughout West Philadelphia and North Philadelphia there are various inner-city horse stables such as the Fletcher Street Club in Strawberry Mansion. Country is also apart of the Black Cowboys Association, which serves to give back to the community and help inner-city children through horseback riding.
Ninah Belll & Okikiola Allibalogun, Group 43, Walnut Hill
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