Matthew “Bones” Hooks was a trailblazer in Amarillo. The son of slaves, Hooks is best known as a cowboy, an Amarillo civic leader, and the first black person to serve on a Potter County grand jury according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.
Hooks was also a leader in the religious community and a businessman, living in Mobeetie and Clarendon. He worked to establish the North Heights subdivision in Amarillo. Bones Hooks Park at North Hughes and Northwest 20th Avenue in Amarillo was named after him.