Selected Community Events


Holt Collier Presented by Sam and Jack Dyess

Feb 28, 2013 6:30 PM

BVAAM 500 E. Pruitt Street, Bryan, TX
The Brazos Valley African American Museum along with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sul Ross Camp 1457, is pleased to present a reenactment of an interview with Holt Collier, a Confederate soldier. This presentation will give an insight to Holt Collier and his role in the Civil War. This event will be held at BVAAM 500 E. Pruitt Street, Bryan, TX, on Saturday, February 28, 2013 at 6:30PM. The public is invited to attend.

Holt Collier was born a slave in 1846 in Mississippi and died in Greenville August 1st, 1936. Freed at the beginning of the war, he choose to become a soldier in Company I of the 9th Texas Cavalry of the Confederate Army seeing combat in such battles as Green River Bridge, luka, Chattanooga, Atlanta and Shiloh. After the war he shot and killed a white Union officer who attacked his former master. After fleeing to the Weatherford area of Texas he became a race horse trainer and later a cowboy working on Sullivan Ross’ ranch in Central Texas. He became famous as the greatest bear hunter in history-killing more bear than Davey Crockett and Daniel Boone combined. He guided bear hunts for some of the most prominent men of his era including President Theodore Roosevelt. At one time he was a deputy sheriff involved in several shootouts. Holt is the only black man to have a National Wildlife Refuge name in his honor.
For information regarding the BVAAM please contact Velma Spivey at or call 979 775-3961. For information regarding Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sul Ross Camp 1457, please contact Dave Burdett at 979 229-3576.