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Buffalo Soldiers Monument, Kansas


The Buffalo Soldiers Monument at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is dedicated to the memory of the African-American soldiers of the post-Civil War era, serving in segregated units up to the integration of the army in 1948.


These units, organized after nearly 200,000 African-Americans fought for the Union in the Civil War, served mainly on the western frontier in the late 19th-century. Despite being at times almost ten percent of the army, they got little recognition in their time.


The monument at Fort Leavenworth, one of the oldest army frontier posts, is the work of Eddie Dixon, an African-American sculptor known for historical bronzes.  It was dedicated in 1992 by Gen. Colin Powell, the first African-American to serve as Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.



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