Black History Month

5:28pm

Thu December 18, 2014
Arts & Culture

A park ranger and Buffalo Soldier

Yosemite National Park ranger Shelton Johnson in uniform as a "Buffalo Soldier"

The Buffalo Soldiers were some of our country’s first park rangers. They proudly wore their uniforms with wide brimmed ranger hats and navy blue jackets adorned with gold stripes.  Just after the Civil War, the US government formed these regiments of black soldiers to patrol and protect nationally designated park land, claimed after the Indian Wars. And their journey started right here in the Bay Area where the Buffalo Soldiers gathered in San Francisco’s Presidio before heading into the mountains of Yosemite and beyond.

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10:51am

Thu January 30, 2014