Join us as we learn about the African American Buffalo Soldiers, the original Park Rangers! Formed in 1866 after the Civil War, 6 all-Black regiments were created within the US Army to help with westward expansion and protection.
Only allowed to serve west of the Mississippi, Buffalo Soldiers were chosen to fill the need to protect and build infrastructure for the new national parks that were established. Until 1913 the soldiers managed and protected Yosemite, Sequoia and General Grant National Parks, therefore becoming the first park rangers.
*Admission to the MAH galleries included