Buffalo Soldiers Return to Animas City – History Live! Durango

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Presented by the La Plata County Historical Society
Location: Animas Museum
Contact: Animas Museum, 970.259.2402 or info@animasmuseum.org

A unit of Buffalo Soldiers from the military outpost in Pagosa Springs, the original Fort Lewis, was bivouacked in the Animas Valley just north of Animas City in 1879. Learn more about the history of these African American soldiers who served on the frontier as members of the Buffalo Soldiers of the American West as they set up an encampment on the Museum grounds. This dedicated organization’s mission is to educate the public about the existence of the Ninth and Tenth United States Cavalry, all Black regiments, including the story of Cathay Williams, the only female Buffalo Soldier. There will be formal presentations at 11:30 a.m. There will be a formal presentation at 1 p.m., otherwise reenactors will be available all day to share stories of the Buffalo Soldiers and show visitors their equipment, uniforms, and supplies.

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