Buffalo Soldiers

Alexander/Madison Chapter of the Kansas City Area
About the Speaker

Two decorated Army veterans and Buffalo Soldiers co-founded what is today the 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association on July 28, 1966. This national organization was formed in the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, Missouri. Today, after 50+ years, it is the oldest such chapter in the nation. The Alexander/Madison Chapter of KC Buffalo Soldiers is headed by its second president, certified oral storyteller John "JR" Bruce, a veteran and a recipient of the Bronze Star for Valor. Bruce is joined by two other presenters: George Pettigrew, great-grandson of original Buffalo Soldier Isaac Johnson who enlisted May 6, 1867 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri; and Donna Madison, daughter of co-founder James Madison, and a certified oral storyteller who portrays Cathy Williams, the only woman to serve with the Buffalo Soldiers.

Buffalo Soldiers: From Slave to Soldier

The American military leads society in social change. The Buffalo Soldiers represents the most amazing human story of the journey from slave to soldier in American history. Educational messages in well researched stories of how the black soldiers became Buffalo Soldiers and little known major contributions to settling the western frontier. Meet Cathy Williams a female Buffalo Soldier in the Indian Wars. The Buffalo Soldier heritage in Cuba, WWI and WWII including the Tuskegee Airmen and the first National Park Rangers. All presentations are in period costumes.