In commemoration of Black History Month, the Lakewood Historical Society is presenting “142 Years and Counting: The Continuing Legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Council Chambers of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. We are privileged to have COL (Ret) James Manning and other members of the Greater Puget Sound Chapter of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Association present the program.
He will discuss the rich proud heritage of the Buffalo Soldiers who have served their country since 1866. Contingents of the cavalry units participated in maneuvers in 1904 through 1912 in what is now Fort Lewis and Lakewood. The legacy continued to be represented by the 25th Infantry Regiment at Fort Lawton, Washington, as well as the 92nd Infantry Division, the Tuskegee Airmen and the Montford Point Marine Division in World War II. Artifacts and memorabilia from a private collection will be on display during the evening of the program.
A special exhibit, “Buffalo Soldiers: A Legacy of Honor” from the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, Texas, will be displayed in the Lakewood History Museum at 6211 Mt Tacoma Drive SW, across from Columbia Bank, Feb 12-23, 2008, Tues-Sat, 10 AM-4 PM.