Celebrate Buffalo Soldier Heritage Day Tomorrow


SAN ANGELO, TX - Buffalo Soldier Heritage Day will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Buffalo Soldier Memorial, situated next to the farmers market at 609 South Oakes St.

The event, co-hosted by Fort Concho and the NAACP Buffalo Soldier Memorial founder Sherley Spears, will feature a presentation by Spears herself, shedding light on the enduring legacy of the buffalo soldiers - Black soldiers of the regular Army who served predominantly west of the Mississippi post-Civil War.

These soldiers, belonging to all four Buffalo soldier regiments, played a significant role at Fort Concho between 1869 and 1885. 

The 10th Cavalry, arguably the most renowned unit, had its headquarters at the fort from 1875 to 1882. Notably, buffalo soldiers constituted half of the enlisted men at Fort Concho during its 22 active years.

Following the memorial presentation, the program will shift across the street to Fort Concho’s Barracks 1 Visitor Center. 

Here, San Antonio author Jim Matthews will conduct a book signing. 

Matthews, an authority on the Buffalo soldier unit, has penned a new book delving into their history. 

Attendees can meet the author, partake in refreshments, explore a buffalo soldier display, and indulge in shopping.

This event is open to all and aims to honor the contributions of the Buffalo soldiers to American history. 

The festivities provide an engaging educational experience, promoting awareness of the Buffalo soldier heritage.

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