The myth of The Cowboy looms large over American culture. While you’d never know it from the movies, history was filled
with daring characters that looked a lot more like Philadelphia’s “Concrete Cowgirl” Erin Brown than Roy Rogers. The
century-old legacy of urban riding clubs provided inspiration for Erin’s impressive 30-plus year career as a competitive
equestrian, riding instructor, and community organizer.
As an extension of the original Fletcher Street Stables, Brown founded the Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy (PURA). PURA, a 501(c)3 non-profit, has a powerful mission: To preserve and educate the public on the history and culture of Black urban cowboys in the City of Philadelphia through equine related activities and educational programs.
Erin is currently working on a fundraiser to build a permanent stable for PURA. To learn more, please visit the fundraiser here.