2014 Hall of Fame Inductee
Mr. Vincent Jacob, the 4th child born on September 19, 1932 to Morris and Lillie
Lewis Jacobs in Huffman, Texas was a rambunctious boy of that time being reared
by a single dad and an older sister after the death of his mother when he was
only 7 years old.
Young Vincent fell in love with horses and the power they processed at the age
of 14 while living on a ranch and receiving training from the Sims family. As
time passed Vincent grew into a man with a vision and that vision consisted of
being the best cowboy there was. Unfortunately, one of many challenges he faced
was being a black man not only in a white dominated field but in the South.
As years past and many rodeo encounters some good, most not so good because of
the biases that existed against black men especially to those that seem to offer
competition to be reckoned with. Mr. Jacobs found himself having to work harder
to make such an accomplishment. Little did he know that his persistence and hard
work will truly pay off in the future.
After marrying Evelyn Lewis Jacobs (not related to Lillie) in the 1950s and the
rearing of six children, Abrain, Vincent Jr., Wanda, Herbert, Allen and Gwen,
Mr. Jacobs continued his endeavor serving his community, speaking at many public
engagements, receiving hundreds of acknowledgments and certificate from many organizations
especially in the small community of Barrett Station where is still resides today.
Mr. Jacobs continue to craft his techniques while entering into as many rodeos
locally and nationally as possible. The challenges of such a sport came with so
many obstacles such as being cheated out of money from a winning that was truly
his, sleeping in his car because hotels would not let him in, entry fees to the
rodeo events being inflated after he and his friends would sign to enter an event.
At the age of 37 Mr. Jacobs decided to go pro and join the big rodeo circuit which
would give him more exposure and recognition as a Black Cowboy. He became one
of the first black performers to ride in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
and featured in two documents called "Hard Ride" and "The country
His profession allowed him to participate as an informer for the Smithsonian Institute"
story on the Black Cowboy, being interviewed by columnist Tommy LeVrier of the
Houston Chronicle, receive offers from film producers to come and tell his story
and participation in a film title "The National Black Cowboys and eventually
encourage to show off his acting skills as judge in a film called "The Kings
of the Evening" starring Lynn Whitfield and Thurman.
Mr. Jacobs is now past 80 years and is still working in his community and enjoying
all the accolades of being a small town celebrity and looking forward to celebrating
a day that was proclaimed "Vincent Jacobs Day" which was one of the
greatest moments in his life when a Proclamation was presented to him in 2005
by then the Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia of Pct 2. The proclaimed
February 24th "Vincent Jacobs Day."
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