“Buffalo Soldier” isn’t just a Bob Marley song – it’s a testament to the will of freedom-seekers in the Southwest.
Native Americans coined the name, referring to men from the all-Black regiments of the United States Army. The units formed after legislation passed, allowing former slaves to serve during the Civil War. Forced to work in tumultuous conditions, these brave soldiers were paramount for Western growth. They built roads and protected settlers.
The men settled alongside some Native American tribes and fought with others. Many indigenous peoples believed these soldiers were as strong as buffalo and dubbed them buffalo soldiers.
– Amanda Fox, The 100 Companies