September 27, 2019
The youth program that gives students and young adults opportunities to ride and care for horses in Southwest Philadelphia is on its way to securing a more permanent home.
Concrete Cowboys creator and horse-caretaker Malik Divers has partnered with Bartram's Garden, which will provide a longterm space for the students and animals to use at the botanical garden's 50 acres of meadows, gardens, farmland, and river trails.
A GoFundMe campaign was created in July to raise money to construct the new stable and a headquarters.
Concrete Cowboys, which has been supporting the culture behind the city's tradition of black horse-back riding for more than a decade, has been evicted from many unused lots and spaces in Philadelphia over the years. This will be the first time the Concrete Cowboys — and notably, their horses — will have a permanent home.
As of late Friday morning, the campaign had raised $2,645 of its $10,000 goal.
For some background on Divers, the program, and black urban cowboys, a CNN documentary followed the program and its students in 2016.