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Abe Morris, Bull Rider & Rodeo Announcer, Mesquite, Texas

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Abe Morris, Bull Rider & Rodeo Announcer, Mesquite, Texas

Artist: Don Russell (American, born 1953)

Date: 2016, printed 2017
Medium: digital inkjet color print on paper
Dimensions:
22 × 17 inches (55.9 × 43.2 cm)
Image: 18 1/16 × 12 inches (45.9 × 30.5 cm)
Classification: Photographs
Inscribed: ABE MORRIS, BULL RIDER 2016 (lower left, in pencil)
Signed: Don Russell (lower right, in pencil)
Credit Line: Gift of the artist, 2017
Object number: 2017.1.5
Previous Number: OD.2017.1.5
Label Text:Abe Morris became the first Black cowboy to obtain a PRCA rodeo announcer’s card. He announced the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo for sports networks. He also successfully competed as a bull rider. He is a motivational speaker, financial services advisor, and entrepreneur. Morris has written two books, My Cowboy Hat Still Fits and Justin: A Father’s Fight for His Son. For the book Cowboys of Color, he supplied the essay “The History of the Modern Black Cowboy.” Morris wrote, “The Black youths need to know that the older generation of rodeo cowboys already paid their dues and have shown that we as a people can and will be successful in this sport.”
Provenance: Artist; gifted May 4, 2017 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Portraits from Cowboys of Color: Photographs by Don Russell