New Mexico's INFLUENCE Magazine celebrates Black History Month with the highlight of rodeo legend and cowboy, Bill Pickett. Willie "Bill" Pickett was born in 1870 in Texas, and quickly became a recognized showman amongst country fairs and rodeo events. He even was one of the first African-American film stars of the 1920s, where he had ample opportunity to show off his unique skills - including a technique he himself invented, called "Bulldogging."
Bill Pickett tragically passed away from a ranch accident in 1932. However, his legacy lives on today as he has been portrayed in modern films by leading Hollywood actors; the United States Postal Service also honored him by releasing his very own stamp in 1993.
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