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African Americans have fought in military conflicts since colonial days. However, the Buffalo Soldiers, comprised of former slaves, freemen and Black Civil War soldiers, were the first to serve during peacetime.

Once the Westward movement had begun, prominent among those blazing treacherous trails of the Wild West were the Buffalo Soldiers of the U.S. Army. These African Americans were charged with and responsible for escorting settlers, cattle herds, and railroad crews.

“Who had fought like a cornered buffalo; who like a buffalo had suffered wound after wound; yet had not died; and who like a buffalo had a thick and shaggy mane of hair.”


2024 WPBSMC Scholarship Award

The West Point Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club (WPBSMC) will award a one-time scholarship in the sum of $1,000 to a graduating High School/Trade School Senior residing in the chapter’s area of Hudson Valley.

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