“Buffalo Soldier”

Today we spend the morning at the National Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, before commencing the next leg of our journey to Elk City. Outside it was cold – 57F – and inside wasn’t much warmer. Yet the spacious, pristine museum with its carefully selected exhibits and interpretation panels kept the cold at bay. It was predominantly a museum of white history of the area, covering rodeo history as well as ranching and pioneering. There were parade costumes and work clothes, extremely intricate detail on the saddles and other leather work. There were exhibits on how cowboys and First Nation Americans were portrayed on film, and in one of the rooms there was a small case of exhibits for ‘Buffalo Soldiers’. These guys were immortalized for me by Bob Marley and went on to become cowboys after they left the army; I’m glad they were represented in the museum, albeit a very small representation.

Buffalo Soldiers were originally members of the US 10th Cavalry Regiment but sources disagree on how the nickname “Buffalo Soldiers” began. According to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, the name originated with the Cheyenne warriors in the winter of 1877, the actual Cheyenne translation being “Wild Buffalo”, because of their dark curly hair, which resembled a buffalo’s coat. The term Buffalo Soldiers became a generic term for all African-American soldiers. It is now used for U.S. Army units that trace their direct lineage back to the 9th and 10th Cavalry units whose service earned them an honoured place in U.S. history. On September 6, 2005, Mark Matthews, who was the oldest living Buffalo Soldier, died at the age of 111. He was buried at. Arlington National Cemetery. What a life he must have had!

There’s that party game you can play where you tell everyone who the five people are you would most like to meet in heaven – he’s one of mine. Who would your five be?

1 thought on ““Buffalo Soldier”

  1. Keep history alive by telling that history:

    Read the greatest ‘novel’, Rescue at Pine Ridge, the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers. The website is: http://www.rescueatpineridge.com This is the greatest story of Black Military History…5 stars Amazon internationally, and Barnes & Noble. Youtube commercials are: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD66NUKmZPs and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEgEqgNi2Is

    Rescue at Pine Ridge is the epic story of the 9th Cavalry from its Congressional conception in 1866, to the rescue of the famed 7th Cavalry by the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, 1890. The 7th Cavalry was entrapped again, after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn’t for the 9th Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry. This story is about, brutality, compassion, reprisal, bravery, heroism, redemption and gallantry.

    You’ll enjoy the novel that embodies the Native Americans, Outlaws and African-American/Black soldiers, from the east to the west, from the south to the north, in the days of the Native American Wars with the approaching United States of America.

    The novel was taken from my mini-series movie with the same title, “RaPR” to keep the story alive. The movie so far has the interest of major actors in which we are in talks with, in starring in this epic American story.

    When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; http://www.alphawolfprods.com and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for the US Postal System in Montana, in the 1890’s, “spread the word”, http://www.stagecoachmary.net.


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