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February 14, 2012 at 12:13pm

Buffalo Soldier Museum opens in Tacoma

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Tacoma art instigator Lynn Di Nino sent us word the 9th and 10th (Horse) Calvary Buffalo Soldiers Museum on the edge of Tacoma's Museum District has undergone a refocus and a renaming. It's now called the Buffalo Soldier Museum, and according to the press release Di Nino sent, it's worthy of your attention.

To keep the memory of pioneering black soldiers alive, William Jones created the Buffalo Soldier Museum in a cottage on his property situated on the edge of Tacoma's Downtown Museum District.  Following his death on December 3rd, 2009 at age 91, his daughter Jackie Jones-Hook began the process of formalizing the entity by filing articles of incorporation. 

The Museum, formally known as the 9th and 10th (Horse) Calvary Buffalo Soldiers Museum would like to announce its readiness to further educate the public on aspects of American history, to depict and illustrate the story of the all black regiment on the United States military, and to preserve memorabilia of historical significance.

According to his daughter Jackie Jones-Hook, who currently serves as the director of the private museum, "the collection contains military artifacts, an extensive library of books, articles and DVD's from her father's military career with the 10th Calvary - the Buffalo Horse Calvary."  The Tacoma Museum is one of only two museums dedicated to the Buffalo Soldiers in the nation, the other being the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston.

Upon receipt of the legal non-profit status, the board met for the first time on February 4th, 2012, to establish immediate goals, which include designing a program for youth educational tours of the museum.

Board members include, in addition to PresidentJackie Jones-Hook:

  • Edvine Evans, vice president (retired Army Sergeant Major)
  • William Watkins, treasurer (Union representative and Mr. Jones' grandson)
  • Willie Stewart (former Tacoma school board member, past principal Lincoln High School)
  • Lynn Di Nino (community organizer and long time family friend)

Scheduling for Museum Tours: 253-272-4257

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Comments for "Buffalo Soldier Museum opens in Tacoma" (5)

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Sarah said on Feb. 14, 2012 at 2:32pm

Glad to see this museum is going on despite Mr. Jones' death. I hope local schools continue to take field trips here.

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steve said on Feb. 14, 2012 at 4:27pm

I would like to visit the buffalo soldier musieum but the artical on the internet didnt list an address for me to go to

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Weekly Volcano said on Feb. 14, 2012 at 4:40pm

Steve, the museum prefers visitors to set up appointments. Give them a buzz.

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Erich Hicks said on Mar. 21, 2012 at 10:29pm

Keep history alive by telling that history:

Read the greatest 'historical novel', Rescue at Pine Ridge, the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers. The website is: www.rescueatpineridge.com This is the greatest story of Black Military History...5 stars Amazon Internationally, and Barnes & Noble. Youtube commercials are: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD66NUKmZPs and www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVslyHmDy9A&feature=related

Rescue at Pine Ridge is the story of the rescue of the famed 7th Cavalry by the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers. The 7th Cavalry was entrapped again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry. This story is about, brutality, compassion, reprisal, bravery, heroism, redemption and gallantry.

You’ll enjoy the novel that embodies the Native Americans, Outlaws and African-American/Black soldiers, from the south to the north, in the days of the Native American Wars with the approaching United States of America.

The novel was taken from my mini-series movie with the same title, “RaPR” to keep the story alive. The movie so far has the interest of, Mr. Bill Duke, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman, James Whitmore Jr., Reginald T. Dorsey and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with, in starring in this epic American story.

When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; www.alphawolfprods.com and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for the US Postal System in Montana, in the 1890's, “spread the word”.


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Ray Nacanaynay said on Apr. 05, 2012 at 4:15pm

VFP Tacoma Chapter 134 enjoyed a guided tour by Jackie Jones-Hooks. Thanks for the ponderous discussion. If there were more people present we would be discussing racism for hours -- I continue to ponder it.

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