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Buffalo Soldiers on the Trail
April 21, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The public is cordially invited to this special presentation about the Buffalo Soldiers sponsored by Gateway OCTA, the St. Joseph Museums, Inc., and the Black Archives Museum of St. Joseph. This event is made possible through support of the Missouri Humanities Council. It will be held at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Ave., at 7:00 pm. Admission is free. Reservations are encouraged but are not required.
Come learn about the Buffalo Soldier movement that started during the Civil War. The Buffalo Soldiers legacy marks an abrupt change in American history, when Black men entered the armed forces in the United States.
Certified oral storyteller John “JR” Bruce, a veteran and a recipient of the Bronze Star for Valor, is the second president of the KC Buffalo Soldiers. Bruce is joined by two other presenters. George Pettigrew is the great grandson of original Buffalo Soldier Isaac Johnson who enlisted May 6,1867 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. Donna Madison is the daughter of co-founder James Madison. She portrays Cathy Williams, the only woman to serve with the Buffalo Soldiers. Bruce, Madison and Pettigrew are all Certified Oral Storytellers.
The event is made possible with support of the Missouri Humanities Council.