Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
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In 1866, a legislation was adopted through an act of Congress to create six Army units composed of all African Americans. Recruited from former slaves, veterans from the Civil War, freemen, and other backgrounds, these African Americans represented the first Black professional soldiers in a peacetime army. The Buffalo Soldiers were also responsible for escorting settlers, cattle herds, and railroad crews. During the Indian Wars, Native Americans nicknamed the soldiers the Buffalo Soldiers due to their respect for the soldiers’ bravery and warrior looks and prowess on the battlefield. The Buffalo Soldiers received more due respect after earning more than 18 Medals of Honor during the Western Campaigns. Twenty three of those soldiers received the nation’s highest military award during the Civil War.
For over 20 years, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum has proudly honored the African Americans who selflessly fought for America, by sharing their stories and contributions. The museum strives to uplift the importance of the Buffalo Soldiers in American history despite the many changes within the military since their existence. The patriotism and honor shown on the battlefield to fight for a country that did not fight for them, is celebrated through the exhibitions, programs, and art within the museum. Visitors can enjoy reenactments from the wars, learn about women in battle and modern day Buffalo Soldiers, and view a collection of uniforms worn in battle.
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum campaign, The Path Forward, highlights the museums future plans, their mission for Black folks to do the work, storytelling of Black experiences, and proving a space for artists to showcase their work. Here are some present and upcoming activities to look forward to:
- Currently, BSNM’s exhibition, America Unmasked, highlights recent protests and marches in the fight for justice and equality.
- Their program, On the Front Lines, is a bi-monthly podcast that discuss the Black experience and uplifts prominent African American men and women in the community.
- This summer, BSNM will feature their exhibit, Full STEAM Ahead, the first of many installments in conjunction with CSTEM to uplift the youth through hands-on projects and problem solving.
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