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On the Trail with the Buffalo Soldiers


Join us and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Buffalo Soldier program for a FREE living history event with story-telling and displays! Displays will be up outside the BRIT building from 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday January 15 and Sunday January 16, and do not require entrance to the Botanic Garden or registration to visit.

Both days will also feature a special 45-minute presentation at 1:00 pm. Follow the link to register for the presentation free!

The safety of our staff and guests is very important to us; masks are recommended during the program.

Date: Saturday, January 15
Time: 1:00 – 1:45 pm
Location: BRIT Building – Geology Wall
In partnership with: Texas Parks and Wildlife
Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 13

Further Details – An outreach program under Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Buffalo Soldiers bring history to life with stories, costumes and tools. In 1866, Congress formed two new cavalry and four new infantry regiments. (The Army later combined the four infantry units into two.) African-American men would fill these units. At last, African-American citizens could serve as soldiers in the peace-time Army. No one is quite sure where the name “Buffalo Soldiers” came from. One story says that Native Americans thought the black soldiers’ hair looked like buffalo fur. Another story says their name reflected their fierce courage in battle. Wherever it came from, it became the name for all black servicemen. Servicemen and women today consider the name “Buffalo Soldier” to be a badge of honor.


Jan 15 2022


10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The event is finished.