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Cowboys and Cowgirls Compete in Country's Only Touring Black Rodeo Competition

The Bill Pickett Rodeo, founded by Lu Vason in 1984, celebrates the history and contributions African-Americans have made to the rodeo.

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Lindon Demery carries the flag into the arena at the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo in Memphis, Tennessee on March 31, 2017. 

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Charles Barrett competes in the bulldogging event. Bill Pickett, a black cowboy born in 1870 in Texas, created the rodeo move which is also known as steer wrestling.

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Anthony Monts repairs a spur on his son's boot.

 

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Competitors listen to the national anthem before the start of competition.

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Jason Griffin rides in the bronc competition.

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Linda Knight participates in the steer undecorating competition.

 

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Anissa Platt, 18, from Plant City, Florida visits with her horse after competing in the barrel racing event.

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Jamil Hunt shares a saddle with his son Jamil Hunt Jr.,6, as they prepare to ride into the arena for the start of competition.

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Bull rider Anthony Monts Jr. stretches before his ride.

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A cowgirl participates in the barrel race competition.

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Tory Johnson participates in the bull dogging competition.

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Harrel Williams Jr. competes in the junior barrel racing event.

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The rodeo's logo is engraved in a competitor's saddle.

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Competitors warm up at the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo.

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Participants leave the arena following a day of competition.

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Steve Green competes in the calf roping event.

 

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Cowboys hand off the baton in the relay race competition.

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Harold Williams Jr., 4, watches the arena before the start of competition.

CORRECTION (June 5, 3:02 p.m.): An earlier version of the headline on this article incorrectly described the Bill Pickett Rodeo. It is the country's only touring black rodeo competition, not the country's only black rodeo.

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