Group Celebrates Buffalo Soldier Legacy

By: Carly Stephenson Email
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WEYERS CAVE, Va. (WHSV) -- One group of soldiers is spreading the word about what being a Buffalo Soldier means during Black History Month.

The Washington, D.C. chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers, a national group, came to Weyers Cave Wednesday

Although they may have artifacts and dress in period costume, Trooper Hardrick Crawford Jr., with the 9th and 10th Cavalry Association said they are not reenactors, rather explainers of history.

Buffalo Soldiers are black soldiers and this chapter remembers the 9th and 10th Cavalry.

The soldiers fought in battles, including the Spanish-American War in 1898; however, Crawford said some of this is left out of textbooks.

"The absence of us having black heroes, because they weren't, because of the times, we understood why. Out west, one out of every tenth cavalry men was black," said Crawford.

Crawford also said there were four black regiments of Buffalo Soldiers.

When he goes to schools he uses Bob Marley's famous song - as a jumping off point with students.


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