Early 1900s

The legacy of black urban riding in Philadelphia traces its beginnings back to the turn of the century when black folks from the south started migrating north in search of industrial jobs, bringing their livestock with them. 

As years passed and automobiles arrived on the scene, a vibrant equestrian culture persisted in the city with black cowboys saving horses from slaughter at auction and founding various backyard stables across Philadelphia. 

Included among these backyard stables are stables on Fletcher Street in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of Philadelphia.