Cabinet card of African American cowgirl holding a lariat, wearing a gun and ammunition belt. Hunter: Anaconda, Montana, n.d., circa 1900. Imprint on recto. The subject wears a bandana around her neck and a long fringed skirt.
Anaconda, Montana, founded in 1883, was known as "Smelter City" and was widely regarded as an ethnically diverse community, with many immigrants and a large African American population especially in the 1890s. The first African Americans came to work at the smelter or in the service industries in the growing city. The 1890 census was lost to fire, but the 1900 census reveals that 75 of the 100 Black residents were men, with few single women and only four or five families. By 1910 and 1930, most Black residents were married with families and an AME Church was founded in 1903.
Very good condition.
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