The California Buffalo Soldiers in Yosemite
Photo: Christine White Loberg

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We are a youth oriented non-profit organization that is dedicated to keeping the history and legacy of those brave Americans the Buffalo Soldiers alive.

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History

Learn about the history of the Buffalo Soldier. Where they patrolled in California, their history in Los Banos!

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Did You Know?

In 1899, Buffalo Soldiers from Company H, 24th Infantry Regiment briefly served in Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park and General Grant (Kings Canyon) National Parks.
As military stewards, the African American cavalry and infantry regiments protected the national parks from illegal grazing, poaching, timber thieves, and forest fires.
Cathay Williams had to pretend to be a man to enlist into the United States Army. She went by the name of William Cathay while enlisted.
Charles Young was the third African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy. At the time of his death, he was the highest ranking African American in the U.S. military.
From 1870 to 1890, 14 buffalo soldiers were awarded medals of honor, the army’s highest award for bravery.

 

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The premiere of “Yosemite Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier, 1903″, a film by Sterling Johnson, will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 1st in the Yosemite Theater which is located  in Yosemite Valley.  It’s an official entry in the inaugural “Range of Light Film Festival” (www.rolff.org).  After the film festival this [...]

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Black History Month Celebration Turlock, CA

Posted February 13, 2014 at by Admin.

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New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 4105 Crowell Rd., Turlock CA  on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:30pm. The California Buffalo Soldiers will be providing a Buffalo Soldier History presentation. For more information contact: Rev. Dr. Leonard VeleyD.D.Th., 209-324-1825   LVeley@yahoo.com

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Black History Month Event Mid Pennisula Regional Open Space

Posted February 13, 2014 at by Admin.

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Saturday • February 22 Ravenswood Open Space Preserve 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm From Buffalo Soldiers to George Washington Carver, African Americans have a rich history in conservation. Find out more about African Americans who pioneered conservation in America as Midpen and special guest Henrietta Burroughs, founder of the East Palo Alto Center for Community [...]

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Youth Camping Trip #3 Yosemite 2013

Posted August 31, 2013 at by Admin.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the weekend of August 23-25th was a memorable one! This was the last of our Youth camping trips this year and the Kids had a blast. I think this comment says it all. “Thank you so much for having my grandsons and I (Samuel,Cameron and Leroy Alford)at Yosemite for this past weekend [...]

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Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier

Posted August 11, 2013 at by Admin.

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Yosemite: Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier An Experience of a Lifetime MAMMOTH LAKES, CA – The Yosemite camping expedition/film shoot of the documentary of the Sterling Johnson film, a story by Shelton Johnson was, for me, a life-changing event. Read the PDF article by Trooper Tom Ward.

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Memorial Day

Posted May 25, 2013 at by Admin.

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Every year on Memorial Day, we come together to remember those who have sacrificed their lives on behalf of our country in the name of freedom and democracy. We owe our freedom to them. Their sacrifices and those of their families are not forgotten. Let us all take moment to reflect on the struggles, sacrifices [...]

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Annual Youth Camping Trips 2013

Posted March 4, 2013 at by Admin.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, this year we have three youth camping trips on the schedule. the first trip is from July 12-14th 2013 at the Presidio of San Francisco. Update 5-25-2013. there are no more slots available for the Presidio Camping trip and we have a waiting list in case folks drop out. The second trip [...]

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Sankofa Sunday February 10, 2013

Posted February 12, 2013 at by Admin.

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On Sunday February 10th the Los Banos Buffalo Soldiers were invited to participate in Sankofa Sunday which was is a yearly event to pay homage to African American Veterans. the event was hosted by the American Legion Post 315 at the War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness San Francisco, CA. There were several distinguished [...]

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