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Carrie Burton. Photo by UW American Heritage Center.
Carrie Burton
School of Music students at the University of Wyoming, 1904. Carrie Burton, about 16 years old, stands toward the left in the third row up, wearing her UW cadet's uniform. Photo courtesy American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
February is Black History Month
Learn more about Wyoming history at
by Pinedale Online!
February 1, 2018

February is Black History Month. This month, - a project of the Wyoming State Historical Society as an online encyclopedia of Wyoming history - has a number of great articles telling stories of black Americans in Wyoming.

Carrie Burton Overton was the first female African-American student at the University of Wyoming. She triumphed over poverty and race prejudice in the course of her long life. After training as a stenographer at UW, she won music diplomas from Howard University and the Juilliard School and, later, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University. Read more in historian Kim Viner’s article "Carrie Burton Overton, First African-American Female Student at UW" at

Here are links to other articles about African-Americans in Wyoming:

The Black 14: Race, Politics, Religion and Wyoming Football

Dr. Willie Black, Chancellor of the Black Student Alliance in 1969, on the Black 14

Liz Byrd, First Black Woman in Wyoming’s Legislature

This Great Struggle: African-American Churches in Rock Springs

Making a Home in Empire, Wyo.

Mathew Campfield: Barber, Coroner and Pioneer Survivor

William Jefferson Hardin: Wyoming’s first black legislator

Buffalo Soldiers in Wyoming and the West

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