Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Houston

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The Beginning

African Americans have served proudly in every great American war. In 1866, through an act of Congress, legislation was adopted to create six all African American Army units. The units were identified as the 9th and 10th cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st infantry regiments. The four infantry regiments were later reorganized to form the 24th and 25th infantry regiments.

These fighting men represented the first Black professional soldiers in a peacetime army. The recruits came from varied backgrounds including former slaves and veterans from service in the Civil War.

The Nickname

The nickname buffalo soldiers began with the Cheyenne warriors in 1867. The actual Cheyenne translation was Wild Buffalo. The nickname was given out of respect and the fierce fighting ability of the 10th cavalry. Overtime, Buffalo Soldiers became a generic term for all African American soldiers.
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  • Visit this small, but very personal and friendly museum to get your appetite whetted for learning about not just the Buffalo Soldiers service in our country, but African-American military in general. ...  more »
  • The day that we visited, we were the only people in this very informative and well organized museum that chronicles the history of the buffalo soldiers and other African Americans who served in the mi...  more »
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  • Excellent museum experience. Super easy free parking only feet from the entry door. Very knowledgeable, friendly and passionate staff made my visit very informative. Relatively small space but packed with interesting art, artifacts and informative signage. Beautiful building is very well kept.
  • Absolutely amazing experience. Very well laid out with everything wheelchair accessible. Beautifully looked after and presented articles from the Buffalo soldiers with a lot of information easy to read in each area. The video was great to watch and staff were friendly. Definitely a place to visit!
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