William Robinson

William Robinson Two black men (allegedly) carried the mails on the Pony Express. William Robinson rode the mail from Stockton to the mines and George Monroe rode between Merced.

Source: Katz, The Black West.

It should be noted, however, that while there may have been a horseback mail route between Stockton and the mines, the Overland Pony Express of 1860-61 did not follow this route.

Jackie Lewin, Currator, St. Joseph Museum, writes

"We often get questions regarding black riders. Unfortunately, at this time, I don't have any evidence that any were black."