Speaker Series
Convict Cowboys: Texas Prison Rodeo
Thu May 17 2018   noon ‐ 1 p.m.

Convict Cowboys is the tale of the nation’s first prison rodeo, which ran from 1931 to 1986. At its apogee, the Texas Prison Rodeo drew 30,000 spectators on October Sundays. Mitchel P. Roth portrays the Texas Prison Rodeo against a backdrop of Texas history, covering the history of rodeo, the prison system, and convict leasing, as well as important figures in Texas penology including Marshall Lee Simmons, O.B. Ellis, and George J. Beto, and the changing prison demimonde.

Ticket Info

 Free for members, $5 for non-members. Guests may bring a lunch or purchase one for $12. Contact Mike Vance at mvance@heritagesociety.org

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