The Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory - Ladies and Gentlemen of the Regiment, Headquarters Mesa, AZ is an "INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATION".
September 15, 2011
Official Book of the Arizona Centennial -- "ARIZONA 100 YEARS GRAND BOOK" --- Author: Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, September 15, 2011
(Arizona Historical Advisory Commission Legacy Project). Arizona's Centennial February 14, 1912 - 2012.
*** The pictures in the book shouldn't been placed in the book. We have issued new pictures of the members that are active in the organization, see pictures below.***
AFRICAN -AMERICAN HISTORY NARRATIVE: Cmdr Fred Marable and Michelle London-Marable, Founders
Re-enactors of the Buffalo Soldiers keep busy around the state, sharing stories of earlier Arizonans.
Accomplishment Events: YEAR: 2007 7 Events YEAR: 2008 22 Events YEAR: 2009 22 Events YEAR: 2010 30 Events YEAR: 2011 19 Events
In the 21st century, few have worked as hard to share Arizona's black history as Fred Marable and his wife, Michelle London-Marable, founders of the Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory - Ladies and Gentlemen of the Regiment, Mesa, Arizona. Traveling to as many events each month as they can, the couple dresses in authentic uniforms and shares stories of their characters. Fred portrays Colonel Charles Young, who was West Point's third black graduate, going on to join the Buffalo Soldiers. Marable says the unit's name came from the Cheyenne warriors in 1867 because of the 10th Cavalry's fierce fighting ability, like wounded buffalo. He adds that many people don't know the Buffalo Soldiers were also instrumental in laying out telegraph lines, surveying for the U.S. government, and protecting stagecoach lines.
Michelle London-Marable selected Cathy Williams, the first black female Buffalo Soldier, from 1866 to 1868, as the woman whose story she most wanted to tell. She describes the daughter of a slave joining the Union Army as "William Cathay", and not being discovered as a female until she needed to have a toe amputated during the Indian Wars. "I'm in uniform to keep her history alive," says London-Marable, adding that the Buffalo Soldier regiment includes extended families who share and preserve black history throughout the state. She reports with pride that Governor Jancie K. Brewer signed a PROCLAMATION making June 19th of each year "Buffalo Soldiers Day". Thus history moves into the future.
Names mentioned in the 1936 African-American History, page 64.
1. Sandra Kennedy becomes first African-American woman to hold state office after winning Arizona Corporation Commission seat, November 4, 2008, page 216.
2. Cloves Campbell became the first African-American in the Arizona Senate, and went on to found the Arizona Informant, now run by his son, Cloves Campbell, Jr.,
3. James Wesley Robinson became the first African-American member of the Phoenix Fire Department, while segregation continued into the 1950s.
4. Jesse Owens won four gold metals in the Berlin Olympics. Died in Tucson in 1980, page 64
5. Joe Island became the first black basketball player at Arizona Teachers College (now Arizona State University, ASU), page 64.
6. Emerson Harvey became the first African-American football player there, page 64.
7. Sam Morrison, born in Flagstaff in 1936, went to Florida to build the African-American Research Library and Cultural Ctr, one of the largest in the world, page 64.
8. Rubin Salter, Jr., who came to the University of Arizona because he wanted to attend a non-segregated school. Acted as lead attorney in successful landmark case
brought against Tucson Unified School District by the NAACP, page 64.
9. Elgie Mike Batteau, in 1936 was still a new teacher at Dunbar Junior High School in Phoenix. She would go on to teach at Phoenix Union Colored High School,
where she was influential in changing the name to George Washington Carver High School; Pima Community College Governing Board, page 64.
10. William "Curly" Neal, an entrepreneur of African-American and Cherokee descent, died in1936. He ran a stagecoach line in the 1880s, page 64.
11. Jesse Wilmer Jones received his Ph.D at ASU in 1963, the first African-American to do so, page 64.
On August 11, 2011 Letter and Certificate Awarded. It is a pleasure to inform you that your project, "PROCLAMATION: "Buffalo Soldiers Day, June 19th, Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory - Ladies and Gentlemen of the Regiment, Mesa, AZ" has been designated an Official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission (AHAC), pursuant to the rights and responsibilities assigned to that commission by the Arizona Legislature.
POC: Cmdr Fred Marable and Michelle London-Marable, Founders
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