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Release Date: 02/07/11
Contacts: Lesley Collins    

Trails Center Presents Program, "Buffalo Soldiers in the Equality State"

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will present a program entitled, “Buffalo Soldiers in the Equality State.”

The program, free and open to the public, is Feb19, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The speaker is Tom Rea, a Casper editor and historian.

The Buffalo Soldiers were black men that served in segregated U.S. Infantry and Cavalry regiments following the Civil War. During the program, Rea will provide an overview of Buffalo Soldiers from the Civil War into the 20th century. He will also discuss Buffalo Soldiers in Wyoming, and their involvement in specific events, such as the Johnson County War, which occurred in 1892.

During the month of February, the Trails Center is recognizing Black History Month with a temporary exhibit, “Buffalo Soldiers: Forgotten Troops of the Western Frontier.”

The exhibit was created by Trails Center staff, along with Tom Rea and Kylie McCormick. Rea is the author of the award-winning book, “Devil’s Gate: Owning the Land, Owning the Story.” McCormick is a Casper resident, former Trails Center intern, and student at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va.

Part of the exhibit, which tells the story of the all-black 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments, is on loan from the public affairs office of Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

For more information, contact Alex Rose at (307) 261-7700.

For photographs of Buffalo Soldiers, please access the following web link:

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 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. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Trails Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 02-18-2011