In honor of our veterans and the diversity of those who serve, the Washington State Historical Society, in partnership with the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, invites you to hear an enlightening presentation about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers in America, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.
Presented by Dr. Quintard Taylor, Professor of History at University of Washington and Director of BlackPast.org, the program is the keynote presentation at the Veterans Day ceremony that runs from 1 – 3pm on Wednesday, November 11 at the Washington State History Museum.
The Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed in 1866 as a result of legislation that created all African American army units. More than 200,000 African American servicemen fought in the Civil War, but the African American regiments had to serve west of the Mississippi because of prevailing attitudes in the East about the Civil War. They were tasked with protecting settlers as they moved west and building the infrastructure that allowed westward expansion. As the years went on, the Buffalo Soldiers were given other duties, such as serving as park rangers in national parks out west.
Throughout their service, many of the Buffalo Soldiers – a name that became synonymous with all the African American regiments – were highly decorated for their service. However, they had to endure racial hostility from fellow soldiers, as well as from civilians living in the areas where they were stationed.
“All of our veterans deserve proper recognition for their service to our country, and we are proud to share the lesser-known history of the Buffalo Soldiers,” said Molly Wilmoth, Community Outreach Specialist for the Historical Society.
The program also includes a posting of the colors by Lincoln High School JROTC, opening remarks by Alfie Alvarado, Director of the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs, and a musical performance. Phillip Raschke of KLAY Radio, will introduce Dr. Taylor.
This special Veterans Day observance and admission to the Washington State History Museum on Veterans Day is free for all military veterans, including ex-military, retired military, and those in active service. Admission is $11 for adults, $8 for student and seniors, and children age five and under get in free. The program is also free to members of the Washington State Historical Society.
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm