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Buffalo Soldiers Program Celebrates Quarter-Century

A new plaque and exhibit at TPWD headquarters in Austin celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers program.

“Texas heritage includes all of us,” says Rodney Franklin, Texas state parks director. “Sharing the story of African-American heroes and heritage through a rich military history is a source of pride for all Texans.”

The exhibit features items used during outreach events at schools and in communities and will move to its permanent home at the Buffalo Soldier Museum in Houston next year.

The Buffalo Soldiers were the first free unit of professional African-American soldiers in the U.S. military who served on the western frontier from 1866 to 1948 building roads, telegraphs and forts. Today, the TPWD Buffalo Soldiers program educates school students and park visitors about the original soldiers and encourages outdoor skills and recreation.

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