John Ware Stamp T-Shirt

$32.99 $25.00

The John Ware t-shirt honors the contributions of this great American Canadian National cowboy. Canada Post issued a commemorative stamp featuring John Ware, to celebrate Black History Month 2012. Comes in black and white and in most sizes.

SKU: N/A Category:


John Ware (c. 1845 – 11 September 1905) was an African-American cowboy who was influential in the early years of the burgeoning ranching industry in Southern Alberta. Remembered for his excellent horsemanship, he was among the first ranchers in Alberta, arriving in 1882 on a cattle drive from the Unites States and settling to ranch until his death in 1905.[1][2][3]

Ware was born into slavery on a plantation near Georgetown, South Carolina. After the American Civil War he left the Carolinas for Texas where he learned the skills of a rancher and became a cowboy. Ware’s great stature and dedication to hard work made him a natural and allowed him to work his way up to Canada driving cattle from Texas to Montana and then into the great plains that would eventually become Alberta. Upon his arrival in Calgary he found work at the Bar U and Quorn ranches[4] before starting his own ranch near the Red Deer river.[5] By 1900, he and his wife, Mildred Lewis (1871–1905[6]), had five children. He moved from the Calgary area to a spot northeast of the village of Duchess, Alberta. In 1902 his first home was destroyed by the spring flood. He rebuilt on higher ground overlooking a stream, now called Ware Creek. Three years later Mildred died of pneumonia in the spring; despite being a master horseman John was killed in the fall when his horse tripped in a badger hole crushing its rider and breaking his neck. Ware’s funeral was reported to be one of the largest held in the early days of Calgary.

Like any folk hero [ According to whom? ] there are a wide range of tales about his ability to eat, ride, shoot, and contribute to Western culture.[7] It is said [ By who?] that he was never tossed from a wild horse and that he popularized steer wrestling, which would then become a highlight of the Calgary Stampede. The story [ by whom?] of John Ware is that of a remarkable figure in histor who helped to lay the foundations of the ranching industry in western Canada and at the same time defying stereotypes. Born into slavery, Ware worked his way to being one of the most well-respected figures in frontier Alberta, crossing race lines thanks to his good nature and hard work.

Canada Post issued a commemorative stamp featuring John Ware, to celebrate Black History Month 2012.[13]

Additional information


Black, White


Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL