African-American veterans traveled to the Shenandoah Valley Wednesday from D.C. in honor of Black History Month to spread the word about the nearly forgotten Buffalo Soldiers at Blue Ridge Community College.
It's something the presenters say history books have mostly left out, but thousands of black men served in the U.S. Army as early as the Civil War. Their sacrifice paved the way for the more commonly known Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.
"Our mission is to perpetuate that legacy because if we don't, the Buffalo Soldiers' period was from 1866 to 1944. That is a tremendous part of American history that is omitted where black men served,” said Hardrick Crawford, team coordinator for the greater-Washington D.C. chapter of the Calvary Association.
Chapters exist across the country to continue educating society about the Buffalo Soldiers' legacy.
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