Take Two for July 2, 2013

California bill aims to honor Buffalo Soldiers' role in parks

Buffalo Soldiers

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Buffalo soldiers of the 25th Infantry, some wearing buffalo robes, Ft. Keogh, Montana

Buffalo Soldiers were members of America's first all-black Army regiments. After the Civil War ended, they were dispatched to patrol wilderness areas like California's Sierra Nevada.

Now, Congress has moved to formally recognize their contributions. A bill to create a commemorative trail honoring California's Buffalo Soldiers has already passed in the House and will soon be introduced in the Senate.

Shelton Johnson, a park ranger and historian at Yosemite National Park, joins the show to tell us more of the history of these men.


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