The Round Table: A Tribute to the Black West

Robert Jackson
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  • Measures 24x36 inches in size
  • Limited edition. Edition size of 300 pieces
  • Ships signed and numbered and with a certificate of authenticity from the artist.
  • Giclee on paper. Printed on a high quality rag paper.
  • A tribute to the pioneering presence of African Americans in the Old West.

The Round Table, a new work of art by Robert Jackson, captures a scene in a saloon where five legendary figures from the Old West convene. Among them at a table taking time for a drink and some conversation are Nat Love, Bass Reeves, Bill Pickett, and Stagecoach Mary. In the painting, a cowboy is sitting with his back turned, evoking a sense of intrigue and mystery. He represents unrecognized African Americans in the annals of history who contributed to the development of the Western frontier.

In a secluded corner of the saloon, stands a Buffalo Soldier known as Cathay Williams. She keeps her distance, cleverly concealing her true gender beneath her military attire. This work pays homage to these pioneers, acknowledging and commemorating their invaluable contributions in shaping the American West, society, and the rich tapestry of Black culture.

  • Nat Love (Deadwood Dick): A former enslaved African turned cowboy, Nat Love was renowned for his rodeo skills and daring exploits. His autobiography, "Life and Adventures of Nat Love," gives a vivid account of his life in the Old West.
  • US Marshall Bass Reeves: One of the first African American Deputy U.S. Marshals west of the Mississippi River, Bass Reeves was known for his exceptional detective skills and marksmanship. He arrested over 3,000 outlaws and criminals during his career.
  • Bill Pickett: A legendary cowboy and rodeo performer, Bill Pickett is credited with inventing 'bulldogging' or steer wrestling. He was the first African American inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame.
  • Stagecoach Mary (Mary Fields): A former enslaved African, Mary Fields was the first African American female mail carrier in the United States. She was known for her grit, fearlessness, and dedication to her job.
  • Cathay Williams: Disguised as a man, Cathay Williams was the first African American woman to enlist and serve in the U.S. Army. Her bravery and tenacity challenged the gender norms of her time.

Despite the harsh realities of slavery and racial discrimination, many African Americans played a crucial role in settling and shaping the American West. Notably, they were cowboys, soldiers, settlers, and trailblazers who contributed significantly to the Western expansion. Many African Americans sought the West as a land of opportunity, a place to claim freedom and build a new life.

Their stories, often overlooked in mainstream narratives, reveal a rich tapestry of experiences that challenge conventional perspectives on the American West. From the Black cowboys who rode the cattle trails to the Buffalo Soldiers who protected the frontier to the freed enslaved individuals who migrated west seeking opportunities and a new life, their contributions have left an indelible mark on our nation's history. The history of African Americans on the Western frontier is a hidden narrative of resilience, courage, and pioneering spirit.

Measures 24x36 inches. Limited edition. Edition size of 300 pieces. Giclee on paper. Ships signed and numbered and with a certificate of authenticity from the artist.

Cert. Of Authenticity Certificate of the authenticity is provided by the artist
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size 300
Framed Unframed
Height 24 inches
Length 36 inches
Medium Giclee on Paper
Signed Ships signed and numbered by the artist
SKU jackson-roundtable
Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson is a Minnesota native who enjoys creating art that reflect his passion for family, culture, music, and his spiritual upbringing. Robert graduated from Perpich Center for Arts Education (formerly The Minnesota Center for Arts Education High School) in Golden Valley, MN, where his exposure to artwork from various cultures allowed him to enhance his knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts.

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