The San Angelo Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) under the leadership of its President, Sherley L. Spears, has initiated a project to create a Buffalo Soldier Memorial in the Paseo de Santa Angela Park to finally honor the legacy of those courageous men and give special recognition to many who served at Fort Concho and the four who are buried at Fairmount and Delta Memorial Cemeteries. The San Angelo NAACP Buffalo Soldier Memorial establishes a place of honor for the many who have not been given their proper recognition in United States history and the United States Army.
Special Celebration Honoring the Buffalo Soldiers-
July 28-30, 2022
The San Angelo NAACP Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Project and the National Historic Landmark Fort Concho joined together to celebrate National Buffalo Soldier Day. The celebration took place Thursday, July 28th, National Buffalo Soldier Day, on the parade grounds at Fort Concho.
Presented by members of Fort Concho Living History Programs & The 344th Military Intelligence Battalion from Goodfellow AFB.
Friday, July 29, 2022 5:30 pm Fort Concho Stables (Flipper Street-off Burgess)
A dinner and Living History Presentation was held Friday, July 29, 2022 at the Fort Concho Stables. The event was hosted by the San Angelo NAACP Buffalo Soldier Memorial Project Team.
A special presentation about Ellen Beck Goldsby, a laundress at Fort Concho was made by Sherley Spears who told the story of Ellen's life. Guest presenters, Douglas "Woody" Woodard and Charles W. Young of the Territory of Arizona Buffalo Soldiers, presented a living history program about the Buffalo Soldiers.
Saturday, July, 2022 10 am-3 pm Fort Concho Quartermaster Galleries
Buffalo Soldier Film Festival
Mostly "family friendly" event featuring select movies that provide informational content and history about the Buffalo Soldiers, and a special Podcast presentation from Applied Folklorist and New York Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, Lamont Jack Pearly. (Some films were rated R especially due to language) Movie goers enjoyed Free popcorn and light refreshments. Q&A sessions conducted by Charles Young, Woody Woodard, Dr. Jason Pierce and Sherley Spears.