Welcome New Staff

Please welcome our newest staff members. We are so excited for them to join the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum team! DR. MICHELLE TOVAR Director of Education Dr. Tovar is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating museum education programs and expanding the museum’s engagement. She is an advocate for BIPOC representation in formal and informal learning […]

Happy New Year from BSNM

Happy New Year Museum Friends,  2022 was quite a year! In fact, so was the past three years.  We have all experienced remarkable and, at times, painful change, filled with highs and lows. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum was not immune from the impact as we struggled to sustain ourselves and remain relevant, like other […]

Celebrating Juneteenth

History Freedom! Juneteenth embodies the ideal written in the Constitution that “all men are equal.” When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, word didn’t reach the slaves of Galveston, Texas until June 19, 1865, when Union forces freed the enslaved people of the area. Enlisted in the union forces were segregated all black-units, known […]

Veteran Hugh McElroy (1884-1971)

Background Hugh McElroy, a black soldier, was born in Springfield, Kentucky, on February 29, 1884, to Sarah and Thomas McElroy. In 1898 he lied about his age and enlisted in the Tenth United States Cavalry. He served in Cuba in the Spanish-American War and afterward in the Philippine Insurrection. A few years after returning for […]