Bass Reeves, thought to be the inspiration for the Lone Ranger, was a black lawman who used disguises, had a Native American sidekick, and went through his whole career without being shot.(credit BBC News - America's forgotten black cowboys)
Black Outlaws, Cowboys, and Lawmen of the Old Wild West
Isom Dart ~ A Black Cowboy It seems history has conspired against the many cowboys of color. Isom Dart is one of those black cowboys whose adventures are often left untold. Born a slave in Arkansas and later freed by the Civil War he rode West.
Charles Sampson (born July in Los Angeles) was the first Black cowboy to win a World Title in the PRCA. Career wins included bull riding at the Turquoise Circuit Finals in and the Sierra Circuit in the Calgary bonus round twic
John Ware was an African-American and later African-Canadian cowboy, best remembered for his ability to ride and train horses and for bringing the first cattle to southern Alberta in helping to create that province’s important ranching industry.
Jim Perry an African American cowboy and top hand; was the highest-ranked cowboy on a 3 million acre XIT ranch in Texas. Perry established himself as an expert roper, rider, bronc buster, cook, and musician.