Buffalo Soldiers of Louisville, KY. Inc.
Over the years, the term "Buffalo Soldiers" has become a generic term to describe all African American soldiers, but it didn't start out that way.
Six all African American Army units were created by an act of Congress in 1866. These units were the 9th and 10th cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st infantry regiments. Later, the four infantry regiments were consolidated into the 24th and 25th infantry regiments. These men were the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army.
According to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, the name "Buffalo Soldiers" originated with the Cheyenne warriors, out of respect for the fierce fighting ability of the U.S. Army's 10th cavalry; and the U.S. Army states that, "The poorly equipped Black cavalrymen supplemented their rations by hunting buffalo."
The Buffalo Soldiers fought in the Indians Wars of the American West, Spanish American War of 1898, WWI and WWII.
The accomplishments and legacy of these men and women continue to inspire generations of African American youth to strive for greatness, including right here in Metro Louisville.
In this segment, we introduce John Taylor, Jr., who runs a Louisville summer camp, Buffalo Soldiers of Louisville, Inc., that teaches African American youth self-confidence, trust, kindness and a fierce pride in the achievements of their Buffalo Soldier ancestors.
This story originally aired on KET's "Kentucky Life".
- Program 421
- "Louisville Life" examines the Voice-Tribune, celebrates 100 years at the Cabbage Patch Settlement House and learns how the history of the Buffalo Soldiers is inspiring Louisville’s young people. (#421)