Rory Doyle is a working photographer based in Cleveland, Mississippi in the rural Mississippi Delta. Born and raised in Maine, Doyle studied journalism at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. In 2009, he moved to Mississippi to...
Focus:Photographer, Travel, News, Photography, Editorial Page, Civil Rights and Social Inequality
This project explores the subculture of African American cowboys and cowgirls in the rural flatlands of the Mississippi Delta — a far cry from the Wild West. Historians estimate that one in four cowboys were African American following the Civil War, yet this population was drastically under-represented in popular accounts. This work sheds light on a band of horse riders historically overlooked.