'Gentleman cowboy' a master schmoozer

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Jim Austin is a cowboys fan.

That’s cowboys with a little C.

Austin is a commercial real estate broker and Texas transplant who a few years ago stumbled across an apparent fact of African-American history — that among those who settled the West were significant numbers of blacks. And that few people today are aware of it.

"It touched my heart that nobody had taught me about that in school books," said Austin, who says one-third of the people we think of today as the cowboys and cowgirls of the 19th century were minorities.