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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  • Not the biggest museum, but so informative. A must see for any American, regardless of race. Learned so much about our past and the role that African Americans played in wars since the Indian wars, go...  more »
  • This museum will take you beyond the history of the Buffalo Soldier to explore the history of African Americans in the US military. Conveniently located in the museum district of Houston. A variety of...  more »
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  • So much can be learned about history at this awesome museum. Not only can you take a tour but there is always something happening like the M.E.N. Inc. and the Black Market. This is a great place to host events. The employees are very attentive and knowledgeable. This museum comes highly recommended.
  • Amazing place! Kids and family friendly. Most of the places are clean. The service is good, educational spot. Best places to spend a day with your family, and easy location no problem with the parking lot.

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