African American Women of the Old West

Book Description

The brave pioneers who made a life on the frontier were not only male—and they were not only white. The story of African-American women in the Old West is one that has largely gone untold--until now. The story of ten African-American women is reconstructed from historic documents found in century-old archives.

The ten remarkable women in African American Women of the Old West were all born before 1900, some were slaves, some were free, and some lived both ways during their lifetime. Among them were laundresses, freedom advocates, journalists, educators, midwives, business proprietors, religious converts, philanthropists, mail and freight haulers, and civil and social activists.

About Wagner, Tricia Martineau

Tricia Martineau Wagner, a North Carolina author and presenter, is an experienced elementary teacher and reading specialist. She is a well-versed and entertaining speaker who brings history to life. She enjoys conducting presentations for schools and organizations around the country on the history of the Oregon Trail, African American Women born before 1900, and the Underground Railroad, as well as creative writing for grades three through twelve. For additional information or to book Ms. Wagner for an event please contact her at

Tricia has also written It Happened on the Oregon Trail and It Happened on the Underground Railroad. An Ohio native, she attended The University of Toledo and Miama University. She has lived most of her adult life in the Chicago and San Francisco area. She is an avid hiker and now makes her home in Charlotte with her husband, Mark; their children Kelsey and Mitch; and their puppy, Tiger.