Source:Folsom, Franklin. Life and Legend of George McJunkin: Black Cowboy

Source The Life and Legend of George McJunkin
Black Cowboy
Author Folsom, Franklin
Place Folsom, Union, New Mexico, United States
Year range 1856 - 1925
Surname McJunkin
Subject Biography, History
Publication information
Type Book
Publisher E P Dutton
Date issued December 1973
Folsom, Franklin. The Life and Legend of George McJunkin: Black Cowboy. (E P Dutton, December 1973).
Henry T. Sampson LibraryArchive/Library
Hinds Community College Library92 M18FO 1973Archive/Library


A biography of the Black cowboy whose skill with horses was renowned and whose curiosity led him to discover important archaeological relics.


A chance visit to Folsom, NM introduced me to the story of George McJunkin, and I was lucky enough to find this book at the local museum. Although it is written for young readers, the story of McJunkin is so fascinating that I think many adult readers will find it worth their while. How an uneducated slave kid, could grow up to be a respected member of a White and Mexican area, essentially teach himself to read and write, gain knowledge of the stars and use his fascination with old bones to propel himself into the center of one of the most important scientific discoveries of his time is fully worthy of a Hollywood (or good cable) movie.