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Buffalo Soldiers and The Texas Frontier

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Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-07-21
The nickname "Buffalo Soldier" dates to the 1800s and was coined by the Native American tribes who fought the U.S. Army's first African American regiments. While the exhibition Buffalo Soldiers: Discovering Heritage on the Texas Frontier (which opens Thursday) does a great job of explaining who these men (and at least one woman) were, a "living history encampment" on the Institute of Texan Cultures' Back 40 outdoor learning area promises an interactive encounter with 40 reenactors costumed as Buffalo Soldiers, merchants, and members of pioneer families. Once you've gotten a taste of what life was like back in 1885, you might have a better understanding of what Bob Marley found so inspiring about these courageous souls who persevered in a field dominated by whites.

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