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OC Black Chamber to celebrate US Army’s birthday by honoring Buffalo Soldiers

From the time of the US Army’s inception on June 14, 1775 to this day 245 years later, African American soldiers have served with distinction in every major conflict in the nation’s history.

The Orange County Black Chamber Education Fund celebrates that proud history this June 14 on the US Army’s Birthday with a special Buffalo Soldier Historical Section on the popular website BlackPast.org.

“This world renown historical website will showcase the positive power of US Army Buffalo Soldiers,” said Bobby McDonald, executive director of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. “The Black Chamber Education Fund is truly excited to showcase Buffalo Soldiers and their immense impact on American and world history,” he added.

Nearly a century before the Buffalo Soldiers were officially formed, all-Black units in the Revolutionary War were so fierce, Hessian Troops surrendered rather than face them. That fighting spirit was rekindled in the Civil War when over two hundred thousand African American servicemen fought in the conflict.

Congress recognized that gallantry in 1866 with the creation of six all Black Army units, which were later to be commonly known as the Buffalo Soldiers. The units were identified as the 9th and 10 Cavalry and the 38th, 40th and 41st Infantry regiments. The four infantry units were reorganized in 1868 as the 24th and the 25th Infantry.

Throughout the era of the Indian Wars, approximately twenty percent of the U.S. Cavalry troopers were Black, and they fought over 177 engagements. Their combat prowess, bravery, tenaciousness, and looks on the battlefield inspired the Indians to call them Buffalo Soldiers. The name symbolized the Native Americans’ respect for the Buffalo Soldiers’ bravery and valor. Buffalo Soldiers, down through the years, have worn the name with pride.

Now with the support of the Orange County Black Chamber Education Fund, that story is being told on BlackPast.org. Founded on February 1, 2007, the site is broadly conceived to provide reference information on people of African ancestry in the United States and around the world.

BlackPast.org is supported by a volunteer staff of twelve and nearly 500 volunteer contributors from six continents. The website has more than 10,000 pages and is free and unrestricted.

New features dedicated to providing information on African American history and the history of more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world are added regularly.

“I’m confident that this will be a widely viewed page,” said Quintard Taylor of BlackPast. “I hope the Black Chamber Education Fun, as well as the Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association along with the National Buffalo Soldier Museum in Houston will be proud to be affiliated iwth this page and in general the work of BlackPast.org.”

This article was released by OC Black Chamber.