Fletcher, George, 1890-1973

Biography:

Fletcher, an African American rodeo competitor, competed in the 1911 controversial Saddle Bronc finals for the World Title at the Pendleton Round-Up. -- The Oregon Center for Inquiry and Social Innovation, Lewis and Clark College WWW site. "George Fletcher was the first African American to compete for a world championship in bronco riding at the 1911 Pendleton Roundup; he was denied the championship saddle by the judges, but the crowd declared him the "People's Champion." Fletcher was inducted into the Pendleton Roundup Hall of Fame in 1969 and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2001." From African Americans in Sports: (http://www.jimcrowhistory.org/scripts/jimcrow/sports.cgi?sport=Rodeo) (Viewed 5/1/08)

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