Cowboy Mike is the persona created by Michael Searles, Professor of History at Augusta State University, to help audiences better understand the western experience of the black cowboy.  Professor Searles has an excellent rapport with children and adults and audiences are always spell bound by him as they listen to the rich lore of the West.

More than a lecturer, Cowboy Mike truly brings the West to life as he dispels many of the myths surrounding the Wild West.  He dresses in authentic cowboy costume and displays his collection of western artifacts including a branding iron, chaps, spurs, and lariat to his audience.  His performance is truly unique.  Cowboy Mike does presentations throughout the year on the African American cowboy for schools and various groups.

You may contact Cowboy Mike by emailing him at

"Cowboy Mike" Searles

“Cowboy Mike” Searles