Four new members of the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Fame will be donning their hats and dress boots Friday for their induction ceremony in Fort Worth.
This year’s inductees are actors Barry Corbin and Anna Lockhart, rodeo cowboy Vincent Jacobs and Nathan Jean “Mama Sugar” Sanders, who has worked to connect African-Americans with their own Western culture.
The induction and banquet will begin at 6 p.m. at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel, 200 Main St. It is part of a three-day celebration of the National Day of the American Cowboy, observed every fourth Saturday in July.
In addition to the induction banquet, a free Western heritage symposium is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the museum, 3400 Mount Vernon Ave.; a Zydeco Meets Country music festival at 6 p.m. Saturday at River Ranch Stockyards, 500 NE 23rd St.; and a Hall of Fame Rodeo at 7 p.m. Sunday at Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave.
Visit www.cowboysofcolor.org for ticket prices and more information on the events.
Hall of Fame inductees are selected every year by the museum’s nominating committee.
“People make nominations from all around the country and send in news clippings, photographs — anything to make their case,” said Gloria Austin, museum founder and executive director.
Candidates include ranchers, farmers, entertainers, veterinarians, artists, educators, historians, authors and others with a passion for the West.
“The unique thing we want people to know is it has always been multicultural,” Austin said both of the museum and the larger picture of life in the American West. “So much of the real history of the West has been lost in the movies.”
Hollywood’s portrayals don’t reflect the true multicultural character of history, she said, but artwork, family journals, old photographs and other artifacts provide documentation for historians looking for a clearer picture.
“That is so important for everyone to know, particularly our young people, so it will be part of our mainstream history and will be taught in schools,” Austin said.
Scott Murray will be master of ceremonies for the induction, and Holly Tucker, a recent contestant on The Voice, will perform.
If you go
Hall of Fame induction banquet
• Friday, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. banquet
• Worthington Renaissance Hotel
• 200 Main St., Fort Worth
• $125 per person
2014 Hall of Fame inductees
A real-life cowboy who fancied being Gabby Hayes as a child, actor Barry Corbin’s roles as a cagey good ol’ boy have defined him.
The Lamesa native’s breakthrough movie role as Uncle Bob in Urban Cowboy paved the way for other great characters, especially the irascible Maurice Minnifield in the 1990s TV series Northern Exposure. Corbin got two Emmy nominations for that role.
Corbin’s work in more recent films like No Country for Old Men, In the Valley of Elah and That Evening Sun have earned him continuing critical acclaim.
Vincent Jacobs fell in love with horses at age 14 while living on a ranch near Huffman.
Jacobs entered every rodeo he could and turned pro at 37 to get recognition on the mainstream rodeo circuit. He became one of the first black performers to ride in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and was featured in two documentaries, Hard Ride and The Country Town.
Now past 80, Jacobs is still working in his hometown of Barrett Station. In 2005, Harris County commissioners proclaimed Feb. 24 to be Vincent Jacobs Day.
Nathan Jean “Mama Sugar” Sanders
Nathan Jean Whitaker Sanders, known as “Mama Sugar,” embraced the country lifestyle as a child in Douglas and later became involved in rodeo and country-Western dance.
As founder of the Sugar Shack Trailblazers, a member organization with the Southwestern Trail Riders Association, Sanders has spent many years teaching African-Americans about their own Western heritage.
At age 75 she continues to help out at the American Cowboy Museum with many black heritage projects year-round. Sanders has been honored by the Black Heritage Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and by the Black Professional Cowboys and Cowgirls Association.
Anne Lockhart, a fourth-generation actor, writer, producer and director, lives a Western lifestyle in Texas, California and Montana. As a rider, Lockhart has won championships in cutting, team penning and reining.
She founded the Ben Johnson Pro-Celebrity Rodeos in 1983. Lockhart has a 26-year association with the Roundup for Autism, held each fall in Fort Worth.
She has performed her original one-woman piece, Frenchy McCormick, as part of The Soul of the West anthology since 1998 as a benefit for the TCU Ranch Management School’s scholarship fund.