"Cowboy Mike" to discuss black Seminoles during Troy University lectures

Posted: Thursday, 11 February 2016

TROY - "Cowboy Mike" will discuss the shared history of African Americans and Native Americans of the Seminole tribe during lectures at Troy University’s campuses in Dothan and Troy Feb. 23-24.

"Cowboy Mike" is the persona created by retired Augusta University history professor Michael Searles to help audiences better understand the Western experiences of black cowboys. As "Cowboy Mike," Searles dresses in authentic Western gear and displays his collection of Western artifacts, including chaps, spurs and lariat.

Searles will present the lecture "Black Seminoles: Independent Spirit, Shared Heritag" at the Dothan Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., inside the Sony Hall auditorium inside Everett Hall. He will speak at the Troy Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. inside the library.

Both events are free and open to the public.

"As 'Cowboy Mike,' Professor Searles is more than a lecturer," said Dr. Chris Shaffer, Dean of Library Services at TROY. "His performance is truly unique and it leaves the audience spellbound while exploring the important contributions made by African Americans to the history of the American West." Searles previously lectured at TROY in 2011.

For more information, contact Shaffer at 334-670-3263

Cowboy Mike

"Cowboy Mike" speaks to an audience at Troy University in February 2011. "Cowboy Mike" is the persona created by retired Augusta University history professor Michael Searles to help audiences better understand the Western experiences of black cowboys. Searles will present the lecture "Black Seminoles: Independent Spirit, Shared Heritage" at the Dothan Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., inside the Sony Hall auditorium inside Everett Hall. He will speak at the Troy Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. inside the library. (TROY photo)