HOUSTON – June 14, 2017 – As the nation marks the hundredth anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum welcomes the No Man’s Land: East Texas African Americans in WWI traveling exhibit to Houston. The exhibit will be on display June 30 – August 27 at the museum, located at 3816 Caroline St.
No Man’s Land: East Texas African Americans in WWI is a multimedia project that addresses this gap in the cultural memory. It draws attention to the thousands of black Texan men who, in addition to serving as laborers and stevedores, served as commissioned and non-commissioned officers, infantrymen, cavalrymen, military policemen, mechanics, veterinary assistants, doctors and dentists, and in a variety of other roles. It specifically focuses on East Texas because “backwoods” African Americans have been particularly maligned in terms of their education and skills.
In Texas alone nearly one million men aged 21 to 30 registered for the draft. Over 30,000 men, or 25% of all Texans called up, were African Americans, despite being only 16% of the Texas population. At least 68 were officers.
Much like the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., the exhibit includes “walls” of names showing the sheer volume of veterans who served during the war. These 47 freestanding panels collectively display the names of up to 15,000 East Texan African American veterans arranged alphabetically by county of origin.
On select days, volunteer educators wear replica World War I uniforms and engage with visitors about the themes of the exhibition and the veteran names on display. A website, www.nmltx.org, serves as the online face of the exhibit and includes addition information about the tour schedule and material for educators and students.
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free on Thursdays. For more information please visit, www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com or call 713-942-8920.
ABOUT THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum exists to educate the public about the experiences and contributions of America’s Buffalo Soldiers and to preserve the history and traditions of African American soldiers from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War. The museum is a501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by Vietnam veteran and African American military historian Captain Paul J. Matthews.