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July 19, 2021

Contact: Larry O’Dell
Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahoma History Center to Host Author Art T. Burton for a Book Signing and Presentation

OKLAHOMA CITY — Author and historian Art T. Burton will give a presentation about his latest book, “Cherokee Bill: Black Cowboy—Indian Outlaw” (2020) beginning at noon on Thursday, July 29, at the Oklahoma History Center, located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. In this book, Burton gives great detail on how a veteran of the First Kansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Deputy US Marshal Ike Rogers, captured the notorious Indian Territory outlaw Cherokee Bill. Following the presentation, Burton will be available to sign copies of his book. Books can be pre-ordered from the Oklahoma History Center Museum Store by visiting store.okhistory.org.

Art T. Burton specializes in research of Black Americans in the Wild West and how they shaped history. As an author, he distinguished himself in 1991 when he wrote the first book about Black American and American Indian outlaws and lawmen in the Wild West. He is the author of “Black, Red, and Deadly: Black and Indian Gunfighters of the Indian Territory, 1870–1907.” This title was followed by his next book, “Black, Buckskin, and Blue: African American Scouts and Soldiers on the Western Frontier,” written in 1999, which was also the first of its kind. Burton has since written two biographical works: “Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves” (2008) and “Cherokee Bill: Black Cowboy—Indian Outlaw” (2020). 

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.  


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