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Old 08-20-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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Are there any famous black people from Montana, i.e athletes, actors, musicians, etc?
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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My brother played guitar in a band in Helena, Montana, with singer Charley Pride. My brother was teaching guitar at Sherman Music store on Last Chance Gulch at the time. This was before Charley became a famous country western singer, of course. A lot of my family friends knew or worked with Charley during that time in the early '60's. My best friend babysat his kids. Even though Charley was born in Mississippi, people in Helena embraced him as their own.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:21 PM
 
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My brother played guitar in a band in Helena, Montana, with singer Charley Pride. My brother was teaching guitar at Sherman Music store on Last Chance Gulch at the time. This was before Charley became a famous country western singer, of course. A lot of my family friends knew or worked with Charley during that time in the early '60's. My best friend babysat his kids. Even though Charley was born in Mississippi, people in Helena embraced him as their own.
Didn't know CP was from Montana, that's cool.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Charley Pride was actually born in Mississippi, but he was living in Montana when he started to get popular. We lived across the street (well, kitty-corner) from him in Great Falls. My mom spotted him at the bowling alley once and sent us kids to get his autograph. So I've actually spoken with him, for about 30 seconds. He was nice.

Someone mentioned the other day that the first permanent settler (or first woman settler?) in MT was black. I couldn't find info on that offhand, but I did find this interesting compilation of black history in Montana:

Historical Black Americans in Northern Montana
particularly these entries:
Historical Black Americans in Northern Montana: On Being a Black American in Territorial Fort Benton
Historical Black Americans in Northern Montana: Early Black American Settlers Great Falls MT 1886-1920
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:51 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Years ago, more then I can remember, I was a young cowboy that run to the far corners for entertainment. Hell, there was nothing else to do. haha Used to run up the haul road to Alzada at a little bar. We went up to listen to Charlie Pride. I drove a couple hundred miles to listen to him in a little 2 by twice bar. Besides Alzada, nothing beat Colony.

The haul road out of Belle Forche. Bentinight mining. Talk about slick when it rained. hahahahahaha
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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Didn't know CP was from Montana, that's cool.
No, he was not from Montana, as I said, he was born in Mississippi, but he was really embraced by Helena when he lived there and was singing in a band (and doing construction).
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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In 1897, the US Army created a bicycle corps, the 25th infantry, which were black soldiers, who bicycled from Montana to Missouri.
There is a Montana PBS documentary film about it you can watch online:
Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels | MontanaPBS Presents | PBS Video
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Here's another interesting site with timelines and quick info on famous black individuals.
The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed | An Online Reference Guide to African American History by Professor Quintard Taylor, University of Washington

The four Montana entries:
Montana | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed
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Old 08-21-2011, 04:02 PM
 
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Charley Pride was actually born in Mississippi, but he was living in Montana when he started to get popular. We lived across the street (well, kitty-corner) from him in Great Falls. My mom spotted him at the bowling alley once and sent us kids to get his autograph. So I've actually spoken with him, for about 30 seconds. He was nice.

Someone mentioned the other day that the first permanent settler (or first woman settler?) in MT was black. I couldn't find info on that offhand, but I did find this interesting compilation of black history in Montana:

Historical Black Americans in Northern Montana
particularly these entries:
Historical Black Americans in Northern Montana: On Being a Black American in Territorial Fort Benton
Historical Black Americans in Northern Montana: Early Black American Settlers Great Falls MT 1886-1920
This is the woman: Stagecoach Mary Fields
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Old 08-21-2011, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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Thanks for that link to Mary Fields. An amazing woman and a wonderful story!
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