The 9th Calvary Regiment of the Buffalo Soldiers began in New Orleans in 1866, according to panelists who presented the history of the soldiers at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 in the College of Business & Public Administration Auditorium on SUNO’s Lake Campus.
“The 9th Calvary Buffalo Soldiers are Louisiana’s very own,” said John Anderson, president and co-founder of the 9th Calvary & 25th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers of Louisiana, but no one knows because the 9th Calvary did not have a historian like other regiments. “These guys became the best with inferior weapons.
“Next year, we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers,” added Anderson, who also is a SUNO graduate. “I would like for New Orleans to put something together to honor Louisiana history, New Orleans history. Let’s tell the world about this. This is our history. Don’t let another state take away our history. Let’s tell them something they need to know.”
Members of the audience added that the first Buffalo Soldiers enlisted at St. James American Methodist Episcopal Church, which was founded in 1844 and is located in Treme.
The Buffalo Soldiers Panel included Rhett Breerwood, a historian for the Louisiana National Guard; and Barbara M. Anderson, co-founder of the 9th Calvary & 25th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers of Louisiana. Richard V. Keller Sr., coordinated the event and Professor Charlie Johnson was the program concept designer.
The Center for African and African-American Studies presented the event.