Last week, the US House passed a proposal to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks and for other purposes. These men were African-Americans in the US Army. Their contributions included service in: the American Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War and World War I and 2.
The name “Buffalo Soldier” was believed to be coined by American Indians who thought their hair resembled the tight black weave found on bison. In 1899 through 1903, they managed Sequoia and Yosemite parks before the creation of the Park Service.
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Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Buffalo soldier, dreadlock rasta. There was a buffalo soldier in the heart of America, stolen from Africa, brought to America. Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival.” – Bob Marley
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