U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
|Release Date: 01/25/11|
From Slave to Soldier: Buffalo Soldiers Challenged "The Conscience of a Nation"
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is recognizing Black History Month with a temporary exhibit entitled, “Buffalo Soldiers: Forgotten Troops of the Western Frontier.”
The exhibit opens Feb. 1 and runs through Feb. 26.
The following are interesting and compelling facts about Buffalo Soldiers:
General Colin Powell, the 65th U.S. Secretary of State, retired four-star general, and the highest-ranking African-American in the history of the United States military, said he was a “spiritual descendent” of Buffalo Soldiers.
On July 25, 1992, during a dedication ceremony at the Buffalo Soldiers Monument, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Powell made the following remarks:
For more information, contact Alex Rose at (307) 261-7700.
The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.
The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center 1501 North Poplar Street Casper, WY 82601
|Last updated: 01-25-2011|
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