Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Day is held at Fort Concho

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Fort Concho and the San Angelo Chapter of the NAACP hosted a Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Day event on Sunday, Feb. 27, to celebrate the history of the Buffalo Soldiers at the fort.

Citizens of San Angelo joined the stables at Fort Concho to learn more about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers in San Angelo.

Local historian and living Fort Concho historian Nathan Gammage gave a presentation on Henry O. Flipper. Flipper was the first African-American graduate of West Point, a military training academy. Flipper then spent part of his time in service stationed at Fort Concho.

Fort Concho Education Coordinator Sarah Ross also commented on the history of the Buffalo Soldiers at the fort. Historian Evelyn Lemons followed Ross, educating the public about those who served at Fort Concho and received the Medal of Honor during their service. Many of these soldiers include Buffalo Soldiers.

At the conclusion of the presentations, San Angelo NAACP President and Fort Concho Museum Board Vice Chair Sherley Spears shared plans to create a monument to honor and share history. of those Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Concho. Although the monument is in the early stages of planning, Spears hopes community members will come together to help create something to share San Angelo’s story.

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