Bill Would Honor Buffalo Soldiers’ Role In Parks

From the AP: “In the decades after the Civil War, the nation’s first black Army regiments guarded Yosemite and Sequoia national parks against poaching and timber thefts, a role that in hindsight made them America’s first park rangers. Now as the National Park Service prepares for its 100th anniversary in 2016, there is a move in Congress to formally recognize the role of these ‘Buffalo Soldiers.'”

More: “The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Monday by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco, allowing the study of a national historic trail between their home base at The Presidio in San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada. A similar bill is pending in the Senate. Supporters hope recognizing the soldiers leads to awareness of the role African-Americans played in formation of the national parks.”