Buffalo Soldiers in VermontJune 2 - September 13, 2009
African-Americans have fought in every conflict in U.S. history; however, it was not until 1866 that Congress authorized the formation of six black regiments in the U.S. Army. These soldiers served at remote outposts, in extremely harsh conditions, and were a low priority in receiving supplies. These regiments earned the name Buffalo Soldiers from Native Americans who held their fighting spirit and intense courage in high regard. Buffalo Soldiers fought in the Indian and Spanish-American Wars and in the Philippines, Cuba, and Mexico. When not in battle, they built forts and roads, installed telegraph lines, escorted wagon trains, surveyed roads, and protected settlers.
This exhibition contains extraordinarily rare historic photographs depicting the Buffalo Soldiers in combat, on patrol, in the barracks, at work, and at rest. Also on view is a collection of artifacts including everyday items used by the Buffalo Soldiers.
In July of 1909, seven-hundred and fifty soldiers from the 10th Cavalry Unit of Buffalo Soldiers marched into Vermont for their assignment at Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, Vermont. This year marks the centennial celebration of this march, and the Fleming Museum is honored to celebrate this historic event.
In commemoration of the reunion of the Buffalo Soldiers in Vermont, admission to the Museum will be free for all members of the military community from July 28 - August 2, 2009.
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