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The Buffalo Soldiers in Vermont, 1909-1913

February 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Vermont Historical Society’s Third Thursday Lecture Series presents David Work and “The Buffalo Soldiers in Vermont, 1909-1913,” on February 18 at 12 p.m.

In July 1909, the Tenth United States Cavalry Regiment, one of four regular army Black regiments collectively known as the Buffalo Soldiers, arrived in Burlington, Vermont, to begin a four-year tour of duty at Fort Ethan Allen in neighboring Colchester. Their arrival alarmed the almost exclusively white population. Many people feared the presence of sizable numbers of African American soldiers in their community, and a bitter debate ensued over whether the city should adopt Jim Crow facilities. For the next four years, the Tenth Cavalry would encounter similar reactions as it traveled throughout the northeast and as far south as Winchester, Virginia. Wherever they went, the Black soldiers faced fear and suspicion and had to demonstrate good behavior to win the acceptance of the white population.

The presentation is free, but registration is required here


February 18, 2021
12:00 pm
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