Recently my wife and I paid a visit to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum located in Houston, Texas. It was absolutely thrilling and educational to take in the storied history of the Buffalo Soldiers and to do it right here in my city.
According to their website, the mission of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is to educate the public and to preserve, promote and perpetuate the history, tradition and outstanding contributions of America’s Buffalo Soldiers from the Revolutionary War to the present and the BSNM does just that!
It is amazing the amount of rich African American military history and representation you see at BSNM. Throughout you see various exhibitions showcasing photos, documents, uniforms, weaponry, medals, patches and so much more that were a part of numerous wars and time periods. I loved being able to get up close and personal with the tools, utensils and so much more that were a part of the every day life of the soldiers and families in those times.
I thought it was a really nice touch to give patrons background and a little history on the start of the collection at BSNM and its founder Captain Paul J. Matthews. To hear Captain Matthews’ goal and mission for BSNM it really tied it all together to know the passion, purpose and vision behind what we saw. Not just a preservation of history, but a passion for telling an important story of lives that sacrificed so much to fight and give of themselves for a people even though some of those people fought against them.
In my opinion, you don’t have to be a history or military-buff to be impacted by the story told through the artifacts and exhibitions of the BSNM and because this museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier, I strongly encourage you to get by and see the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. Visit their website here for hours and admission costs.
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