While watching a game last night I discovered another kick ass old west black law man: Willie Kennard. Kennard was born a slave spent 25 years as a weapons specialist in the union army. After the war he wondered around a bit until he showed up in Yankee Hill, Colorado. The town was being terrorized by some outlaws, and had been through 3 Marshals already. The town council posted an ad for a new lawman and Kennard responded. First they were incredulous that he could read. Then they were skeptical. So they decided to offer a test. If he could arrest the leader of the latest gang terrorizing the town the job was his. He walked across the street to the saloon order the outlaw to jail. When the idiot reached for his guns Kennard shot the guns out of his hands and then killed his two henchmen. Kennard got the job. Obscure black history is awesome.