8/6/2012

Buffalo Soldier Monument honored in Fort Leavenworth ceremony

Fort Leavenworth News Release

July 16, 2012


Army to honor 20 years of Buffalo Soldier Monument with 10th Cav. bust dedication

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan.--The U.S. Army and Fort Leavenworth commemorate the 20th anniversary of a monument to Soldiers who served in two of the most historic all black units by dedicating a bronze bust of Brig. Gen. Benjamin Grierson, who commanded the 10th Cavalry for nearly 22 years. The Buffalo Soldier Monument was dedicated in July 1992 and memorializes the Soldiers who served in the 9th and 10th Cavalry from the American Indian Wars through the 1950s.

As founder and longest serving commander of the 10th Cavalry, Grierson not only commanded the unit for more than two decades, he also sought equal treatment and better equipment for his Soldiers.

The 20th anniversary celebration is scheduled for Aug. 8, 9:30 a.m. on the corner of Grant and Stimson avenues. The event is open to the public. Parking is available at Truesdell Hall, located at 290 Stimson Ave., with overflow parking at the golf course, Frontier Conference Center and Harney Gym. Visitors who do not possess a common access card can enter Grant Gate in the visitor's lane and should have identification, such as a driver's license, ready for all passengers age 16 and older.

Former Buffalo Soldier Monument supporters or families and descendants attending the ceremony can contact Carlton Philpot at carltonphilpot@sbcglobal.net, subject line "20th anniversary," or call (816) 587-1265.

Did you know?
  • The legends behind the term "Buffalo Soldier" vary widely with some attributing it to the Native Americans' comparing the dark, curly hair of the black troops to that of the buffalo; others claim the nickname refers to the robes of bison fur the soldiers war in the winter. Yet some claim that when a buffalo was cornered or injured, it fought fiercely with great courage, as did the African-American men in combat.
  • There are more than 100 Buffalo Soldiers buried in the National Cemetery at Fort Leavenworth, including Medal of Honor recipient Fitz Lee, who was assigned to the 10th Cav.
Media interested in attending the ceremony can contact Kathleen Hutchinson at (913) 684-1726, Kathleen.a.hutchinson@us.army.mil; or Jeff Wingo, (913) 684-1725, Jeffrey.l.wingo2.civ@mail.mil. Media packets with original monument dedication remarks by then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin L. Powell, video footage and historic photos will be available at the event.

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