Famous Arkansan: James Black

Several
well-known people have roots in Arkansas. The list runs the gamut from Johnny
Cash to Jermain Taylor. Check here every Monday as we highlight a new Famous
Arkansan each week. Today,


Meet: James Black

Zoie Clift
 
James Black (1800-1874) creator of the Bowie knife, was a New Jersey-born and expertly trained
silversmith.
 
Black made his way to Washington, Arkansas during territorial days
and developed a unique process for knife blades. Among his customers was James
Bowie who reportedly carried a Black-made knife during the fall of the Alamo in
1836.
 
Black was blinded while in his forties and never revealed his secret for
tempering metal. He died at Washington, where a state park  (Historic Washington State Park) has
recreated the Black blacksmith shop on the exact site of the original.

Posted in Travel Arkansas

Inquiries are answered daily during normal business hours. Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Add a Comment


*