As Confederate statues come down, West Point honors Buffalo Soldiers

    And 114 years after they first came to the Army’s then-segregated academy to teach horsemanship to White cadets, the Black Buffalo Soldiers of West Point finally had their statue.

    And at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Military Academy raised its first outdoor statue of a Black man.

    Etched into the granite are the words, “In Memory of the Buffalo Soldiers who served with the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments as part of the United States Military Academy Cavalry Detachment at West Point.”

    As equestrian images of Confederate generals come down across the country, here was a statue of an African American horseman being erected.

    “That’s another thing that I think is pretty powerful about it,” said Matthews, the academy’s cultural arts director for the corps of cadets.

    “Everybody has a right to have their story told,” she said. “Because it’s a powerful story. Just what [the Buffalo Soldiers] endured, their determination and their commitment to prove to the world that African American men can contribute and are viable citizens of this country.”


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