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Legends Of The West
Collins Anecdotal Note
This black cowboy was a hard-working wrangler who worked for a number of ranches in Texas and Oklahoma. The United States Postal Service sparked controversy just before the issue of this series when it was discovered that the wrong person had been used for his stamp design. As a result, the Pickett stamps were redone, causing a delay
and a collecting opportunity. Pickett, the son of a former slave, was born in 1870 and eventually became the most famous of all black rodeo performers. He is credited with
inventing the bulldogging, or steer-wrestling event in 1903. He died in !932, and in 1971 was inducted into the rodeo Hall of Fame - the first black cowboy so honored. Today, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo is America's only touring black rodeo, and it remains a cultural and heritage tribute to this Legend ofthe West.