Black History Month

Since the late 18th century, New Mexico has been home to a thriving African American community, from the Buffalo Soldiers to the Blackdom homesteaders, preachers, and entrepreneurs alike. Celebrate Black History Month with us this February by supporting Black-owned businesses and honoring the historic impact African Americans have had on our landscape and culture here in the Land of Enchantment.

Welcome to Blackdom

Welcome to Blackdom

Uncovering little known historical records, Timothy E. Nelson is on a mission to ensure that the true legacy of Blackdom is not erased from the record.

Previously reported as a failed Afrotopian experiment, Nelson's company, Blackdom Productions LLC, seeks to set the record straight about the successful nature of the early 20th-centure Black homesteader colony in the Southeastern corner of New Mexico.


African American and Cherokee rodeo pioneer Bill Pickett invented steer wrestling. Photo by Fred S. Bard, circa 1910. Photograph courtesy of Oklahoma Historical Society, 14338.

The History of the Black Cowboy

While the exhibit is no longer running, the history of the Black Cowboy is forever present in the culture of the Land of Enchantment.

During the days of cattle trails crisscrossing the heart of the state, the legacy of the Black Cowboy was born. Archival photographs and historical narratives chronical the history of Black Cowboys in the west, giving us insight into the reality of the racial landscape of the Cowboys of the time, a history not typically depicted by standard Hollywood films. The photos and narratives depicted in this exhibit will live on in the Black Cowboy Museum's collection as a continued reminder of the influence Black Cowboys had on the ranching and farming culture in the Wild West.


MLK Mural in Albuquerque

African American Albuquerque

Discover the vibrant African American community of Albuquerque, a tapestry of art, entrepreneurship, and resilience woven into the city's rich history. From the early Spanish explorers to present-day challenges, this community's story is one of strength and authenticity.


Black History Month Event

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Celebrate the incredible contributions of African Americans in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics this Black History Month! Join us for a special exhibit highlighting the amazing achievements of diverse scientists and inventors who have shaped the world. Don't miss the grand opening in February - included with your museum admission.


NM Black Leadership Council

2024 Black History Month Calendar

Check out this calendar from the NMBLC that highlights events that support Black-Owned Businesses, artists and exhibitions. 

New Mexico Black Leadership Council

The NMBLC is a Black-led communications organization that focuses on youth development, personal and workplace advocacy, as well as health and cultural support.