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Buffalo Soldiers Day


Some of the first park rangers in America,
weren’t rangers at all. They were Soldiers… Buffalo Soldiers, African Americans who served
in the Army after the Civil War. They got their famous nickname from Cheyenne
warriors, who likened their dark curly hair to that of buffalo hides. The nickname stuck, eventually becoming a
name for all black soldiers of the time. From 1899 to 1904 Buffalo Soldiers of the
24th Infantry and 9th Cavalry — many of them veterans of the Spanish American War — were
tasked to protect Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. That was more than ten years *before* the
birth of the National Park Service. That made the Buffalo Soldiers some of the
first wilderness rangers in the world… and as such, they protected wildlife from poaching,
put out wildfires, built trails, roads, buildings and bridges, and kept the peace at Yosemite,
Sequoia, and Yellowstone. Their legacy can be found in the Park Service’s
iconic flat hat proudly worn by Rangers today, which echoes the hats then worn by American
cavalry and infantry units. Serving in a time of racial animosity in America,
the Buffalo Soldiers were pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement. With their service in times of war and times
of peace, they were also fighting for their rights to be treated as full citizens of the
nation they served. Honor their strength and their struggles on
July 28th – Buffalo Soldiers Day.

Tony wyaad

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4 COMMENTS

  1. B uppy Posted on July 27, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Amazing bit of history, and of course, thank you to those who served.

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  2. Maria Burnett Posted on July 27, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    This is part of History that should be taught in schools today.

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  3. Tommie Whitlow Posted on July 27, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    I am thankful that the Children of Promise Conference Committee of the Sacramento Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. invited the Buffalo Soldiers to be an exhibitor at its Conference. The children in attendance had an experience of a lifetime with them. In addition, the Sweet Potato Festival Committee invited them to judge the Sweet Potato Pie Contest. The Buffalo Soldiers are alive and well in Sacramento, CA.

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  4. David Govatski Posted on July 28, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Colonel Charles Young of the Buffalo Soldiers is one of my personal heroes and a role model for many. If you are ever in Ohio make it a point to visit the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. Check out this link:https://www.nps.gov/chyo/index.htm

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