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Fort to celebrate Buffalo Soldiers Feb. 25

Post Date:02/09/2018 9:55 AM

Fort Concho will celebrate its annual Buffalo Soldier Heritage Day on Sunday, February 25.

The free program will be from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the fort’s Commissary Building at Burgess Street and East Avenue C. Suzanne Campbell, director of the West Texas Collection at Angelo State University, will deliver a program titled “George B. Jackson, Buffalo Soldier and Entrepreneur.”

Jackson served with the 25th Infantry Regiment, Company A at forts Clark, Davis and Duncan in Texas, with time also serving at the department headquarters in San Antonio. “After he retired, he came to San Angelo, acquired property, including saloons, and by 1891 he was listed as the wealthiest African-American man in Texas,” Campbell said. She also noted his political achievements, including his assistance in starting the Republican Party in Tom Green County.

Following the talk, the Fort Concho Buffalo Soldiers will have a display of original and replica uniforms and equipment. Fort Concho staff member Paul Cook and volunteer Rick Brown will talk about the famed black troops who served at Fort Concho from 1869-85. Many San Angeloans don’t realize half of the soldiers serving at Fort Concho were African-Americans, called “Buffalo Soldiers” by their Native American foes because their hair resembled a buffalo’s mane.

For more information about the Buffalo Soldiers and Fort Concho, visit fortconcho.com or call 325-657-4444.

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