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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  • It was a rainy day in Houston, and I was looking for something to do. Went to TripAdvisor and found the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. The museum is located at 3816 Caroline St., Houston, TX... 
    It was a rainy day in Houston, and I was looking for something to do. Went to TripAdvisor and found the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. The museum is located at 3816 Caroline St., Houston, TX...  more »
  • I have lived in Houston for 15+ years and have always wanted to visit this museum. It is small and inexpensive. However, it was very informative. Start with the video to understand about the... 
    I have lived in Houston for 15+ years and have always wanted to visit this museum. It is small and inexpensive. However, it was very informative. Start with the video to understand about the...  more »
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  • It was my wife's first time at the museum. I've been going since it was in the old building back in the day. I loved it then and I love it now. Someone said, "not worth the price" in a review. That's because they don't value Black History. It's a blessing that we have this amazing place in Houston to keep the legacy and history alive. As a navy vet, I walked through the building filled with pride. It is a must see.
  • This place is amazing! The exhibits are beautiful! You can tell they truly care about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers. The pictures, figurines, videos, and artifacts are excellent. Everything is beautifully staged. They even have a room for children to color and take photos in uniforms.

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