As I am sure you are aware of, February is Black History Month. Before it ends, the Jack Hadley Black History Museum would like to celebrate the contributions that black soldiers have made to our country. They will be doing this with their 2016 Thomasville Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Festival on Saturday, February 27th.
What: 2016 Thomasville Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Festival
Where: Jack Hadley Black History Museum (214 Alexander St)
When: Saturday, February 27, 2016 11am to 4pm
Contact: Jack Hadley Black History Museum (229) 226-5029 or via email
2016 Thomasville Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Festival
The Buffalo Soldiers were originally members of the US Army's 10th Cavalry Regiment out of Fort Leavenworth, KS in 1866. They fought Native American tribes during the Indian Wars in the mid-late 1800s. These tribes quickly nicknamed them the "Black Cavalry". Eventually, the name "Buffalo Soldiers" became synonymous with both the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments as well as the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments, which were all made up of African American soldiers.
The 2016 Thomasville Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Festival will feature collections of items from not only Buffalo Soldiers, but the Tuskegee Airmen as well, courtesy of Artist Bob Snead and US Army Colonel (Ret) Nathan Thomas. The area's 9th & 10th Horse Calvary and Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Clubs along with the 2nd Infantry Regiment of US Colored Troops will all be on-site. Historian Tom Phillips from Raymond, MS will also be available to answer any questions and offer stories about the Buffalo Soldiers.
The public is invited to attend the 2016 Thomasville Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Festival. Free hot dogs and drinks will be handed out to guests. You will also be allowed to take a free, self-guided tour of the museum. Donations are always accepted but not required.
What do you know about the Buffalo Soldiers? You should attend the festival this weekend to find out more about what these amazing men did.
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