Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Ground Breaking - October 29

CITY OF TUCSON TO BREAK GROUND ON THE BUFFALO SOLDIER MEMORIAL ON THURSDAY, OCT 29

City of Tucson Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres, the Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter (GSAAC) of the Buffalo Soldiers, and Tucson Parks and Recreation will break ground on a memorial honoring the contributions of Black Americans when settling in Southern Arizona. The memorial is funded through donations to the GSAAC of the Buffalo Soldiers and funds from Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections, a 2018 voter-approved bond program..

“This is a great project for our community; it will recognize the history and sacrifices made by the African-American community, that has been long overdue,” said Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres. “I am proud of the organizations that have come together to secure funding and raise awareness about the Buffalo Soldiers and their contributions to our history.”

The mission of the GSAAC of the Buffalo Soldiers is to educate the Tucson community about the rich history of the Buffalo Soldiers and their positive impact on defending the nation and settling Southern Arizona and other Western states. The neighborhood surrounding the Quincie Douglas Center, where the memorial will be located, is one of the oldest historically Black neighborhoods in Tucson.

The GSAAC of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Calvary Association is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers by informing, educating, and engaging the Tucson community. At present time, there are no monuments or museums in Tucson representative of contributions Black soldiers made in settling Southern Arizona and the West. We hope that the addition of this historic memorial will continue the conservation about contributions made by Black Americans in the settling of Southern Arizona and the Western United States.

For more information on the bond projects, visit the Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections website. For more information on the rich history of the GSAAC of the Buffalo Soldiers, visit their website.

When:             Thursday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m.

Where:            Quincie Douglas Center, 1575 E. 36th St.

Contact:          Sierra Boyer, Sierra.Boyer@tucsonaz.gov