Last month, February was Black History Month. For whatever reason, I usually don’t pay attention to the special activities organized to celebrate the month. However, this year, my attention was drawn to an announcement at my local church for a ‘Buffalo Soldier Exhibit.’ What was a Buffalo Soldier? I had no idea, but I was certainly going to find out. To make things even more interesting, the pieces that would be exhibited were from private collections. What this meant was that people would be exhibiting art works that had been in their families for years.
Sunday finally came. It was the last Sunday in February, and the ushers handed us these little cards:
Somewhere around the middle of the exhibition, I went up to this group of tables where some ladies were stationed and they were explaining what Buffalo soldiers were. One of the ladies was even explaining the different reasons why the soldiers were called “Buffalo” soldiers.
Wikipedia summarized what she said nicely:
Although several African-American regiments were raised during the Civil War to fight alongside the Union Army (including the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and the many United States Colored Troops Regiments), the “Buffalo Soldiers” were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army.
After the mini-lecture, I moved on and to look closely at the other interesting pieces on the table:
After I left that table, I went to look at some more artwork:
And then it was time for Sunday School. The End!