The First Lone Ranger


Inspired by the Compton Cowboys who bring tradition of the cowboys intro modern age time and ever contributes to Black Lives Matter while riding their horses in free spirit.

I always wondered why I never learned about black cowboys in any of my elementary school classes. The only cowboys we learned about were white. We were taught that they rode through trails, herded cattle, and occasionally got into gunfights with bandits and Native Americans. We never once mentioned black cowboys. The history of the West until that point had appeared exclusively white. Little did I know there were groups in nearby Compton US who were actively trying to reinsert black cowboys into the history books.

New York Times reporter: I reached out to a group of young black men who were calling themselves the Compton Cowboys. This group, like their predecessors, continued to ride horses through the city’s streets with a free and rebellious spirit. All of them learned how to ride on a ranch in the middle of Compton’s Richland Farms. This group, however, was doing more than riding horses for recreation. They were riding horses to free themselves from some of the dangers of street and gang life and as a way to heal from the trauma that haunted their lives. Their motto said it all: “Streets raised us. Horses saved us.” 



Design Mirte Engelhard

MUAH Rosanne Ahsman

Model Alina Voskuil

Model Elisa Olenski

Model Yelappa Visser

Model Iris Borgman

Model Izelina Sousa

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