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.