State Reps. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) announced today the Ohio House passage of House Bill (HB) 238. HB 238 would designate July 28 as “Buffalo Soldiers Day” in Ohio.
After the end of the Civil War in 1865, the U.S. Congress passed a bill recognizing the contributions of the more than 180,000 Black Americans who fought to preserve the Union during the Civil War. This bill created 60 military regiments, six of which were all Black Army Regiments—later known as Buffalo Soldiers. The Buffalo Soldiers protected the western American Frontier and served the United States through two World Wars and the Korean War, despite the racism that they faced. In honor of the Buffalo Soldiers' significant contributions to the United States, President George H. W. Bush proclaimed July 28, 1992, National Buffalo Soldiers Day.
“HB 238 honors and celebrates the lives and legacies of the Buffalo Soldiers in the State of Ohio. In the passage of this legislation, we recognize the pride and distinction of their service and promise that their ultimate sacrifices will not be forgotten. I look forward to honoring the Buffalo Soldiers next month and am humbled to help share their legacy with the State of Ohio,” said Rep. Crawley.
“I am happy that Ohio is leading the charge of states in recognizing Buffalo Soldiers Day,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson