Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: A National Treasure in Midtown Houston
If the only thing you know about Buffalo Soldiers is from a Bob Marley song, then pull up a chair for a history lesson. Who were they? They were former slaves, freemen and Black Civil War soldiers who were the first African Americans to serve during peacetime. These brave men played a vital role in escorting settlers, cattle herds and railroad crews during the westward expansion of America. They earned a reputation for courage and patriotism, and were given their name by the Native Americans they encountered.
Many people are still not aware of the role that African Americans played from as early as the Revolutionary War. During the Civil War, more than 180,000 African Americans fought alongside their white counterparts. Today, right in the heart of Midtown Houston, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) pays tribute to the history and accomplishments of these men in uniform.
Founded in 2001 by Vietnam veteran Captain Paul J Matthews, BSNM is a member of the Midtown Cultural Arts District. It currently stands as the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the African American soldier in history. In its first year, more than 20,000 visitors walked through the doors to explore and learn. That same year Mayor Lee P. Brown proclaimed November 30 as Buffalo Soldiers Day.
The mission of preserving this precious legacy is achieved through educational programs, exhibits, historic research, hosting school tours, and partnerships with performing arts, teachers, and youth outreach programs. From historic hand tools and household appliances to uniforms and weaponry, the museum offers visitors a window to the past.
To keep things fresh, the museum hosts fun events throughout the year and is even available as a fully-staffed wedding venue for couples seeking something a little different. Learn more by dropping in Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm or Saturday from 10-4. Seniors and children under 5 get in free.