Events & Programs
Join us as we explore the Buffalo Soldiers and the African American military experience through our many events and activities.
Let the Truth Be Told
Sept 25 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
We invite you to join us for a special panel discussion with the Houston Grand Opera.
“Let the Truth Be Told” will feature a thoughtful conversation about HGO’s 75th world premiere opera, “Intelligence.” The opera was inspired by the little-known true story of two unlikely Civil War spies, Mary Jane Bowser and Elizabeth Van Lew, and their daring work to supply secret intelligence to the Union.
Mutiny of Rage: The 1917 Camp Logan Riots and Buffalo Soldiers in Houston
Oct 5 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Our Latinx Heritage Month Lecture Series begins with a program featuring Jaime Salazar author of Mutiny of Rage: The 1917 Camp Logan Riots and Buffalo Soldiers in Houston.
Salado Creek, Texas, 1918: Thirteen black men stood at attention in front of gallows erected specifically for their hanging. They had been convicted of participating in one of America’s most infamous black uprisings, the Camp Logan Mutiny, otherwise known as the 1917 Houston Riots. The mutiny and ensuing riots were carried out by 156 soldiers of the Third Battalion of the all-black 24th US Infantry Regiment-a unit of the famed Buffalo Soldiers -after members of the Houston Police Department violently menaced the black soldiers and members of the local black community. It all took place over a single night.
After a rumor that a corporal had been shot and killed by the police reached Camp Logan, soldiers immediately made plans to march on Houston and attack the police force. The first police casualties occurred when a group of six officers stumbled upon the entire column of soldiers.
After discovering that one of the men they killed was a captain with the Illinois National guard, the seriousness of the mutiny hit home. Houston was placed under martial law, and by morning all of the soldiers were eventually disarmed or surrendered their weapons. In the wake of those riots, eleven civilians, five policemen, and four soldiers lay dead. This incident is one of Houston’s most complicated and often-misrepresented historical events. It shook race relations in the city and created conditions that sparked a nationwide surge of wartime racial activism. In the aftermath of the carnage, what was considered the trial of the century at that time ensued. The trial resulted in the hanging of thirteen black men, eliciting memories of slave rebellions. But was justice served? New evidence and access to historical archives indicate that the courts-martial were rushed in an attempt to placate an angered white population as well as military brass. Mutiny of Rage serves to not only retell an accurate story of the event, but to set the legal record straight on what really happened.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jaime Salazar has been working as an engineer in the oil and gas sector for nearly two decades. He recently attained a juris doctorate and plans to practice patent law in Texas. In 2005, he published the hardcover edition of Legion of the Lost, which chronicles his swashbuckling experience serving in the French Foreign Legion. Salazar is working on his second book and lives with his 9-year-old daughter in Houston. He enjoys traveling internationally, practicing mixed martial arts, and running the occasional marathon. He splits his time practicing law and writing.
FREE and Open to the Public
Registration Coming Soon!
“Betraying the Cause: The Langston School and Black Educational Self-Determination”
Oct 12 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Join us for the first Latinx Heritage Month lecture series at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.
Our lecture featuring Dr. Jesus Esparza explores a segregated African American school in the San Felipe Independent School District (SFISD) of Del Rio, Texas. Called Langston Elementary, this segregated school was no different from the countless other schools for African Americans across the state. What makes this school unique, however, is that it was part of an independent school district completely controlled by Mexican Americans. Founded in 1929, SFISD was the first and perhaps only education unit established and maintained by Latinos in Texas. But because the district also operated a segregated school system; consequently tensions between Black and Latino students, parents, and school leaders emerged and permeated throughout the community.
While this talk concentrates mainly on the segregation of Black school-aged children, it also focuses on the early settlement patterns of Del Rio’s Black population, their early school developments, and the establishment of social clubs, political organizations, and religious institutions. This lecture contends that those who maintained Langston Elementary experienced a degree of educational autonomy. Despite the segregation, neglect, and limited resources, the Black community successfully maintained their school and determined student achievement. Integration, in many ways, disrupted that sense of autonomy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Jesús Jesse Esparza is an Associate Professor of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences at Texas Southern University, where he has taught since 2009. His area of expertise is on the history of Latinos in the United States, emphasizing civil rights activism. Dr. Esparza’s manuscript, Raza Schools: The Fight for Latino Educational Autonomy in a West Texas Borderlands Town, is scheduled for release in September 2023. The University of Oklahoma Press will publish it as part of the New Directions in Tejano History series. Dr. Esparza teaches Mexican American, Texas, and Civil Rights history. He received his B.A. and a master’s degree in History from Southwest Texas State University and a Ph.D. in History in 2008 from the University of Houston.
FREE and Open to the Public
Museum After Dark
October | At BSNM
Back by popular demand! Community favorite Museum After Dark makes its return this fall. Mark your calendar, grab some friends, and make plans to join us for food, drinks, music, games, and a good time at the Museum.
Details and registration coming soon
Captain’s Legacy Golf Tournament
Sept 18 | 11 AM
Augusta Pines Golf Club | 18 Augusta Pines Dr., Spring, TX 77389
Please join us for our very first Captain’s Legacy Golf Tournament. This exciting day of golf starts with check-in at 11:00 AM, followed by a delicious brunch and warm-up on the driving range. Play begins with a shotgun start at 1:00 PM followed by an awards banquet and prizes at 6:00 PM.
Proceeds will support Buffalo Soldiers National Museum’s mission to educate current and future generations about the stories and contributions of African Americans in the military through museum visitation, educational programming, and exhibitions.
REGISTER BY SEPT. 5
All registered golfers will receive a commemorative golf shirt.
Join us as a Captain’s Legacy Golf Tournament sponsor, and demonstrate your commitment to BSNM and the communities we serve. Our sponsorship opportunities provide pathways to connect to the Museum’s mission and invest in a community treasure. Additionally, the tournament will provide networking opportunities and fun supporting a meaningful event while entertaining clients, employees, family and friends.
For more information, please contact: Tournament Chair, Nathaniel McClinton, at 832-233-4270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer a wide variety of ongoing events and activities. Our programs are open to the public throughout the year and feature learning workshops and family-friendly activities designed to inform, educate, and entertain.
Buffalo Soldier Youth
Outdoor Exploration PrograM
For middle and high school students aged 11 to 17, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offer an exceptional outdoor exploration program at no cost.
Summer 2023 registration is now closed and will resume spring 2024.
Seniors & Veterans
Fit To Serve
Youth & Adults
Paint Your History
History painting party, led by an Artist. Occasional live model of a Soldier, or artifact from our collection. Intended audiences will vary but youth 11-17, Adults 21 and older, veterans and seniors.
Museum After Dark (M.A.D.)
Wayne performs A Soldier’s Story, a reenactment of the story of a Buffalo Soldier.
He has been a mainstay in the Houston Theater scene for more than 25 years. Mr. DeHart’s career spans more than 100 stage productions. He has appeared in such films as “Robocop 2,” “A Perfect World,” and “Looper,” and such television programs as “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Prison Break” and “Breaking Bad.”