Witness the history of brave men & women who overcame adversity at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Soldier National Museum

Learn more about African American history through stories told by those who fought in the great American wars at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM).

Located in the heart of the Museum District, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum details the history of African American soldiers, comprised of former slaves, freemen, and Black Civil War soldiers, who were the first to serve during peacetime.

Through exhibits, workshops, and reenactments, the research center focuses the Buffalo Soldiers participation in The Spanish American War, The Philippine Insurrection, The Mexican Expedition, World War I, World War II, and the Korean Police Action.

Notably, the BSNM is the only museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier in defense of the United States of America from the Revolutionary War to present.

Click here for a list of upcoming exhibitions, programs, and events.

About the Buffalo Soldiers

In 1866 through an act of Congress legislation was adopted to create six all African American Army units.

The units were identified as the 9th and 10th cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st infantry regiments. The four infantry regiments were later reorganized to form the 24th and 25th infantry regiments.

These fighting men represented the first black professional soldiers in a peacetime army. The recruits came from varied backgrounds including former slaves and veterans from service in the Civil War.

In countless skirmishes and firefights, the troopers won the respect of the Plains warriors who named them “Buffalo Soldiers.” The soldiers accepted the badge of honor and wore it proudly.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.