Buffalo Soldier History Talk with Aniko Millan of County Park Friends
Join us as we learn about the African American Buffalo Soldiers, our original State Park Rangers!
Formed in 1866 after the Civil War, 6 all-Black regiments were created within the US Army to help with westward expansion and protection. The 9th and 10th Cavalry and 24 and 25th Infantry were formed of 1000 men. Most were freed slaves from the north, however, this was also an opportunity for Black men to serve in a prestigious role and start anew in the western territories.
Only allowed to serve west of the Mississippi, Buffalo Soldiers were chosen to fill the need to protect and build infrastructure for the new national parks that were established. Until 1913 the soldiers managed and protected Yosemite, Sequoia and General Grant National Parks, therefore becoming the first park rangers.
Presented by, Aniko Kannan-Millan, a retired Park Ranger and current County Park Friends Parks & Programs Specialist.