When: Sun., Feb. 8, 12-5 p.m. 2015
Join The Institute of Texan Cultures for Buffalo Soldier Day and discover how African-Americans shaped the Texas frontier. After the Civil War, African-Americans were finally considered an intregal part of the army and were not just considered volunteers anymore. These regiments of African-American infantry and cavalry were referred to as the Buffalo Soldiers. These soldiers scouted and mapped the Texas frontier, protected the mail, built telegraph lines and established connections with traders and families while at the fort. The Institute of Texan Cultures presents a living history of these soldiers with lessons in mapreading and tool and equipment demonstrations. Outside the museum, guests are transported to the 19th century with a recreation of a frontier fort, log house and one-room schoolhouse.