Presented by Mr. Edward Wallace, Chautauqua Re-enactor, Sunday 2pm at the Delavy House.
Jim Beckwourth’s life is described as a journey “From Slave to Superstar of the Old West,” in Tom DeMund’s book about Jim’s life. James P. Beckwourth, a mulatto, born James Pierson Beckwith, became a trapper, trader, soldier, scout, explorer, and chief of the Crow Nation. Although there were many people on the frontier of different ethnicities, Jim was the only African American who kept records of his exploits. Among his credits, he owned a hotel in Santa Fe during the Taos uprising and helped quell it. He discovered and named Beckwourth Pass in the Northern Sierras and co-founded Pueblo, Colorado. Jim Beckwourth’s is an awesome story of how one man born to a white plantation owner and one of his slaves became an American Hero.
Ed Wallace has worked as an “extra” in movies and is a volunteer at El Rancho De Las Golondrinas. He is a member of Toastmasters International and has attained the levels of Advanced Speaker Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze. He has conducted workshops and seminars on health and personal growth. He is a beloved annual participant in the Friend’s Fiesta of Culture as his Mountain Man character, who discusses ancient lifestyles and shows the implements and artifacts of the southwest frontier life and fur trade.