The idea of the Buffalo Soldier Monument originated with then BG Colin L. Powell in the early 1980s when he was stationed at Fort Leavenworth. As he recounts, he was jogging around the fort one day and noticed that the only thing showing of the Buffalo Soldiers' past presence there were two small streets named, the 9th and 10th, near the fire station and the Veteran's Cemetry.
The project laid dormant until 1989 when the project started up again.
Artist Lee Braubaker of Saint Louis, MO designed the Buffalo Soldier monument, with a horse and rider stands at the crest of a waterfall between a large upper and small lower ponds. Sculptor, Mr. Eddie Dixon of Lubbock, Texas created the 13-foot bronze horse and rider statue, and a small committee of volunteers lead the efforts to raise the $1.3 million in just under three years.
General Powell, then Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke at both the July 1990 Groundbreaking Ceremony and the July 1992 Dedication Ceremony in which nearly 20,000 people attended including Jones Morgan of Richmond, VA--the oldest living Buffalo Soldier at the time.
Visit the Buffalo Soldier Military Park, Fort Leavenworth, KS
6888th Monument in VA Cementery In Massachuettes
Location: Agawam, MA
Dedicated: Sept 01, 2001
Quick Description: A monument honoring women of the Women's Army Corp Postal Unit #6888 is located along Memorial Path in the Massachusetts Veterans Cemetery, 1390 Main St, Agawam, MA.