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TPWD News Release — Feb. 26, 2013

Buffalo Soldiers’ Salute

TPWD Program Opens TLBC African American Legislative Summit

AUSTIN – Members of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Outreach Program led a room full of state senators, representatives and their staff in the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. and Texas flags, marching in full 19th-Century uniform and formation to post colors during the Community Awards Breakfast for the Texas Legislative Black Caucus African American Legislative Summit at the downtown Hilton Austin hotel earlier today.

State Representatives Ron Reynolds of Missouri City and Dr. Alma Allen of Houston, and Texas Senator Royce West of Dallas, along with numerous other members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus were on hand, and all paused briefly to welcome the TPWD outreach program, which pays tribute to the Black Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalry, and 24th and 25th Infantry regiments of the late 1800s.

Pictured here are Buffalo Soldier interpretive re-enactors Horace Williams, Allen Mack, Selton Williams and Luis Padilla.

For more information on the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Outreach program, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/community_outreach_programs/.

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