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“Buckskin” Bill Black Collection

Identifier: brfa036

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a wide variety of materials representing Black's career. There is a large amount of obsolete formats, multiple types of video tapes, film and audio formats. Also included are costumes, puppets and posters from the "Buckskin Bill Show"


  • 1956-

Biographical / Historical

Black is best known for creating and hosting "Storyland," a morning children's show that first aired on August 15,1955 on WAFB and ran until 1988. "Storyland" was replaced with "Buckskin and Friends," an hour-long Saturday morning show that ran about a year. Black served on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board from 1994-2010. Black worked his way through college as a rodeo clown and was a comic and emcee in Army shows during his stint in the Korean War. Black was instrumental in bringing a zoo to Baton Rouge. For 15 years, Black signed off each day with "Remember, Baton Rouge needs a zoo" until the zoo finally opened in Easter 1970. Children in WAFB's audience were enlisted in a "Elephant March," collecting 650,000 pennies to purchase the zoo's first two elephants in the late 60s, appropriately named "Penny" and "Penny Too." His wife, Elma, was a parenting and drug abuse specialist, she helped found the "I Care Program," which provides drug, violence and crisis counseling to children all over East Baton Rouge Parish. Before becoming "Buckskin Bill," Black worked his way through college as a rodeo clown and was a comic and emcee in Army shows during his stint in the Korean War. Over the years, Black won numerous awards for his activities, including accolades from the National Association of Broadcasters and Baton Rouge's highest civic honor, the Golden Deeds Award. In 1989, he received the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations' annual Humanitarian Award. Black taught broadcasting at LSU. In 1994 he was elected to the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board representing the Broadmoor area, Black remained on the board until 2010. Black died January 10, 2018.


Unknown cubic ft.

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Custodial History

The materials in this collection were donated by the Estate of Buckskin Bill Black.
“Buckskin” Bill Black Collection
In Progress
Melissa Eastin
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Repository Details

Part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Repository

7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge La. 70806 USA