The HistoryMakers video oral history with Alonzo Pettie [electronic resource].
- Other Title:
- History Makers video oral history with Alonzo Pettie
- Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, 
1 online resource (6 video files (2 hr., 28 min., 8 sec.)) : sound, color.
- African Americans -- Interviews.
Pettie, Alonzo -- Interviews.
- Oral histories.
- System Details:
- Cowboy Alonzo Pettie was named for a grandfather born in slavery. Born on June 18, 1910 in Tyler, Texas, he was orphaned in 1926. Pettie learned to break horses and was taught to ride in professional rodeos. In 1929, Pettie failed to dismount from a bucking bronco on the correct side and was thrown, dislocating his shoulder but going on to win the bull-riding contest with his arm in a sling. In the years that followed, he suffered many serious injuries, including a broken pelvic bone in 1930. While competing in Colorado's first black rodeo in 1947, he broke his pelvic bone again, spending three months in a body cast. In 1962, Pettie began working at a Sears store in Fort Worth, Texas. He transferred to Denver in 1965, and retired from Sears ten years later. He continued to ride horses until 1995, and was known as Colorado's oldest black cowboy. Pettie passed away on August 2, 2003, at the age of 93.
- Larry Crowe, interviewer.
- Videographer, Scott Stearns.
- Recorded Denver, Colorado 2002 June 17.
- Pettie, Alonzo, interviewee.
Crowe, Larry, interviewer.
Stearns, Scott, director of photography.
HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection), production company.
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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