Troy University to host lecture on black cowboys featuring "Cowboy Mike"

Posted: Wednesday, 19 January 2011

DOTHAN—Audience members will learn more about the legacy of black cowboys in the American west with the help of “Cowboy Mike” during a free lecture on Sunday, Feb. 6, sponsored by Troy University.

The event will start at 3 p.m. at the Dothan Campus inside the Sony Hall auditorium in the Library/Technology Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Cowboy Mike” is the persona created by Augusta State 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, lariat and branding iron.

His presentations explore the rich lore of the west while dispelling many myths.

“As ‘Cowboy Mike,’ Professor Searles is more than a lecturer,” said Library Director Chris Shaffer. “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.”

For more information about the event, contact the Dothan Campus library at 334-983-6556.

Searles will also appear as “Cowboy Mike” during a presentation at the Troy Campus on Monday, Feb. 7, at 8 a.m. in the Trojan Center Theater.