High Noon Talk: Juneteenth Rodeo


June 5, 2024 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Discover the legacy of Juneteenth Rodeos in Texas.

Event Details

Take a midday break with our High Noon Talks! Discover the interesting, and often untold, stories of Texas at our casual lunchtime talk series.

During the late 1970s, Texan photojournalist Sarah Bird found herself captivated by non-mainstream rodeos. She documented a variety of competitions for many years, and truly fell in love with the Black rodeos.

Join us for a photographic journey, retracing the history of the small-town rodeo experience. Immerse yourself in the camaraderie, excitement, and skill showcased in the arena, which illuminate the spirit of the Black rodeos and make Juneteenth celebrations the most triumphant and jubilant of them all.

Program is FREE to the public.

This program is available as an on-demand recording for CPE credit. To get access to the link and a certificate email Education@thestoryoftexas.com.

About the Presenter

Called “the finest living Texas writer" by Texas Observer Magazine, Sarah Bird is a bestselling novelist, screenwriter, essayist, and journalist. She has been an NPR Moth Radio Hour storyteller; a ten-time winner of Austin Best Fiction award; a finalist for The Dublin International Literary Award; an ALEX award winner; a Library Journal Best of the Year, an Amazon Literature Best of the Year selection, a B&N’s Discover Great Writers and a New York Public Libraries Books to Remember selection. She is a Texas Writers Hall of Fame honoree and was a Dobie-Paisano fellow.

She was the back page columnist for Texas Monthly for six years; during her ten years as a screenwriter she wrote for Warner Brothers, TNT, Paramount, Hallmark, National Geographic, ABC, CBS, and many independent producers. In 2015 she was selected to attend the Meryl Streep Screenwriters Lab. Bird co-founded The Writers League of Texas and is the “hologram” greeter at Austin Central Library.

About Public Programs

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, performances, and scholarship visitors are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

Image courtesy Sarah Bird, 1978

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