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TPWD News Release — Feb. 12, 2007

Texas Buffalo Soldiers Announce 2007 Events

AUSTIN, Texas — Kicking off the start of a series of statewide events during Black History Month, the Texas Buffalo Soldiers are geared up for a year’s worth of educational presentations at historic fort sites, schools and rodeos to increase public knowledge of frontier-era African-American soldiers and their contributions to the Lone Star State.

The Buffalo Soldiers were African-Americans of the U.S. Army’s 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments. In Texas, their contributions were especially significant during the Indian Wars of the late 1800s, when approximately 20 percent of the U.S. Cavalry involved was African-American. It is speculated that that these soldiers’ curly hair resembled that of the American Indians’ sacred buffalo mane, while their bravery and tenaciousness reflected the buffalo’s spirit, hence inspiring the natives to call them "Buffalo Soldiers."

Today, the Texas Buffalo Soldiers Program is a statewide network of volunteers dedicated to youth education and historical interpretation. The program, sponsored in part by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, encompasses not only the African-American frontier story, but also that of Hispanic vaqueros, American Indians, frontier women and other cultural groups of the era.

Though Black History Month marks the beginning of the Texas Buffalo Soldiers’ schedule, July is “Texas Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Month,” and many of the program’s featured events take place in July.

Buffalo Soldiers Events for 2007 are scheduled as follows:

Austin:

Central Texas:

San Antonio:

Houston:

Dallas/Fort Worth:

Panhandle:

East Texas:

West Texas:

Wichita Falls

College Station:

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