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Delta Hill Riders
The Cowboys and Cowgirls of the Mississippi Delta ...

Rory Doyle by Rory Doyle on Feb. 16, 2020


This ongoing series explores the subculture of African American cowboys and cowgirls in the rural Mississippi Delta — a far cry from the Wild West. A recent article from Smithsonian estimated that one in four cowboys were African American following the Civil War — yet this population was drastically under-represented in popular accounts. This project sheds light on a band of horse riders historically overlooked.















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Rory DoyleRory Doyle is a working photographer based in Cleveland, Mississippi in the rural Mississippi Delta. Doyle is a 2018 Mississippi Visual Artist Fellow through the Mississippi Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts for his project on African American cowboys and cowgirls, "Delta Hill Riders." His is the recipient of the 16th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest, the 2019 Southern Prize from the South Arts organization, and the 2019 Zeiss Photography Award. Doyle has exhibited in New York City, London, Atlanta, and across Mississippi.

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