The Seattle Center recently teamed up with the University of Washington Museology Graduate Program to present “A Seattle History Worth Preserving: Buffalo Soliders,” an exhibit that explores that history through timelines and photographs.
The all-Black regiments of the US military established in 1866 were known as fierce fighters — but they were also the first caretakers of National Parks and credited with the international spread of jazz music.
From 1910-1913, the regiments wereonce stationed in Fort Lawton and accounted for ~one-third of the Black population in Seattle during those years.
Unfortunately, a lot of Buffalo Soldiers’ history was not well-recorded — which is why exhibits like the one locally are so valuable.
Check out the photos at the Seattle Center’s Armory Balcony — it’s free and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 28.