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2003 Hall of Fame Inductee
Myrtis Dightman

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2003 Hall of Fame Inductee

Myrtis Dightman

Myrtis Dightman was the most successful black cowboy of the 1960s. As a bullfighter turned bull rider, Dightman became the first black cowboy to ride in the National Finals Rodeo. The following year, Dightman finished third in the bull riding world standing, as close as he ever came to a world title. From 1966 to 1972, Dightman missed qualifying for the NFR only once. Beginning rodeo at the late age of 25, Dightman showed great courage and was the third African American cowboy to be inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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