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1: Bill Pickett was one of the first black cowboys and introduced a rodeo attraction known as bull-dogging. He was very popular and performed all over the world showcasing his new technique.!

2: Bill Pickett was born in Oklahoma on December 5, 1870 , or 1871. He had 12 siblings. His father, Thomas Jefferson Pickett | was a former slave. Bill was in school until 5th grade when he dropped out. Not much is known about his grades.

3: He became a ranch worker afer he left school. There he learned how to ride and rope cattle.

4: He continued to work as a ranch worker. After a lot of hard work, he joined the popular 101 Ranch. There, he perfected his Bite'em trick.

5: He would bite the cow on the lip and Bull-dog it. Bull-dogging is a sport that cowboys play by tackling the cow to the ground.>

6: He traveled around the world performing his Bull-dogging skills. He even had the privilege of performing great feats to the King and Queen of England.

8: In 1932, Bill Pickett was kicked in the headby a horse while working at a ranch. He went into a coma and died 11 days later.

9: This was a sad time in the rodeo world. His skills would be greatly missed.

10: Bill Pickett was inducted in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1971. Years after his death, his country recognized his popularity by putting him on the 29 cent stamp.

12: Bill Pickett was the best Bull-dogging black cowboy of his era. He was famous in many ways.

13: In addition to his induction in The National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Pickett has a bronze statue of his likeness that sits at the Fort Worth Historical Society.

14: Bill Pickett was a man of many talents. He knew how to entertain the crowd and played a vital role in the popularity of the black cowboy movement and his new Bull-dogging technique..

16: Works Cited Carnes, Mark,and Paul R. Betz. American National Biography. Oxford University Press. www.answers.com. 10 May 2009< http://www.anwers.com/|topic/| Powell, Lee."Bill Pickett;an unlikely rodeo pioneer."The Sports Page3 Dec.2004:. www.answers.com.10 May2009 . | Blacfax.Bill Pickett.1992.http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com.1992.10 May 2009 . Sanford,William.Bill Pickett:1870-1932 Cowboy. Springfield,NJ:WilliamR. andCarl R.Green,1997

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