The Beginning African Americans have served proudly in every great American war. In 1866, through an act of Congress, legislation was adopted to create six all African American Army units. The units were identified as the 9th and 10th cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st infantry regiments. The four infantry regiments were later reorganized to form the 24th and 25th infantry regiments. These fighting men represented the first Black professional soldiers in a peacetime army. The recruits came from varied backgrounds including former slaves and veterans from service in the Civil War.
Through exhibitions and educational programming, visitors learn about the contributions of African Americans to the military, stretching from the creation of all African American Army units in 1866, which consisted of former slaves and veterans of the Civil War.
The Nickname The nickname buffalo soldiers began with the Cheyenne warriors in 1867. The actual Cheyenne translation was Wild Buffalo. The nickname was given out of respect and the fierce fighting ability of the 10th cavalry. Overtime, Buffalo Soldiers became a generic term for all African American soldiers.
The Center for African American Military History (CAAMH), inc., dba Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM), is dedicated to exploring and displaying the stories and contributions of African Americans in the military by way of performing and visual arts, educational programming. and exhibitions.
There is also a STEM/STEAM program at the museum. As the transition continues from STEM to STEAM, we are dedicated to provide. STEAM allows students to connect their learning in science technology engineering and mathematics together with art practices, elements, design principles and standards to provide the whole pallet of learning.