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Family Fun Day Presents Buffalo Soldiers

Family Fun Day Presents Buffalo Soldiers photo 10/16/2014 1:53:05 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

The life of a Buffalo Soldier will be presented as a living history experience Saturday, October 18 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame by Professor Henry Crawford, Curator of History at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Professor Crawford will portray a Buffalo Soldier, a member of a black cavalry and infantry troop sent to the Texas frontier to take part in the Indian wars and the protection of settlers. The term, “buffalo soldier,” is said to have been applied to the black troops by the Indians because of their short curly hair and their courage and fortitude, much admired qualities of the buffalo.  According to Professor Crawford, these black soldiers “…came from everywhere, and included many Civil War veterans.  They were ex-slaves and free men, the educated and the illiterate, skilled artisans and unskilled laborers, farmers and urbanites.”  Buffalo soldiers protected the frontier from 1867 to the close of the 19th century.

For twenty years, Henry Crawford has played an active role in living history.  From fur traders to buffalo hunters and cavalry soldiers to characters from the Texas Republic, Mexican and Civil War eras, Crawford has assumed the persona of them all. A scholar of western history, Crawford has published numerous articles and has given lectures on a variety of frontier topics. A consultant for publications and historical projects nationwide, he has appeared in several video documentaries aired on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the  History Channel including Buffalo Soldiers; Texas Rangers, Legendary Lawmen; Fort Davis:  Frontier Outpost; The Mountain Men; and The Bicycle Corps: America’s Black Army on Wheels.

This living history of buffalo soldiers is in conjunction with the exhibit “Saddle Up”, featuring over 80 saddles currently on display at the museum.  Admission is FREE for the Family Fun Day and exhibit.

For more information contact Mary Lyle, Director of Education: 575-492-2679 or mlyle@nmjc.edu.

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