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History: Buffalo Soldiers as Unsung Heroes

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Buffalo Soldiers © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Buffalo Soldiers © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Buffalo soldiers were heroes in their time, yet their accomplishments, seldom taught in classrooms, leave many young African American students, like Greg
McClanahan, with a limited sense of their history.

09—They didn’t teach us nothing in school but that we were slaves. They didn’t teach us that we were heroes or nothing. In history, all you ever heard about was slaves this, and slaves that. You didn’t hear about no black heroes.

McClanahan attended public school in Kerrville, where he met Buffalo Soldier reenactors from Parks and Wildlife.

16—What we are doing is taking the legacy of the Buffalo Soldier into the cities and into the schools. And we feel that sharing this story, that we can instill some pride and some resolve in them.

Ken Pollard is a 2006 inductee into the National Cowboys of Color hall of Fame. He said he found out about the Buffalo Soldiers as an adult, but wished he’d known about them earlier.

20—My relatives and kinfolk were cowboys, man. We didn’t have any black cowboys or soldiers, you know, to really look up to. For me, to have the black heroes there when I was growing up, that sense of pride would have been instilled in me. But if I had grown up with that—they would have been my heroes.

Find information about Buffalo Soldiers Heritage and Community Outreach on the Texas Parks and Wildife website.

That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.