State Reps. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) announced today that the House Armed Services and Veteran Affairs Committee unanimously passed House Bill (HB) 238 by a vote of 10-0. 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.
“As a veteran, the lives and sacrifices of these pioneering soldiers are inspiring, and the pride and distinction of their service 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 pleased with the unanimous vote to honor the historical contribution of the Buffalo Soldiers, African-American soldiers who fought for this country, helped open the West for settlement, and led efforts to create the National Park System. In honoring the men of the 9th and 10th Calvary, we also honor the legacy of Colonel Charles Young, an Ohioan who lead these brave men during segregation,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson.
HB 238 now awaits a vote on the House floor.