Program Type:Online Program
Buffalo Soldier: Slave to Soldier
In 1849, Congressman Abraham Lincoln proposed legislation to begin the abolition of slavery in the United States. A year prior in Raleigh, North Carolina, a child was unremarkably born into slavery. Although inconceivable at that time, this enslaved child would become an original Buffalo Soldier during the Indian Wars and the westward expansion of America.
This program tells stories of one of the most amazing social events in American history and how these soldiers came to be through the efforts of President Abraham Lincoln. The stories are presented by the great-grandson of Pvt. Isaac Johnson who enlisted on May 6, 1867, and became an original member of the famed Buffalo Soldiers. Find out who the Buffalo Soldiers were, how they got their name, and the part they played in taming the old west.
Registration for this program can be completed online below, by calling 309.590.6168, or by visiting the Adult Services Desk at the Library and registering in person. As soon as registration is complete, you will receive an email with a link to access the online discussion.
About the Presenter
George Pettigrew is a Certified Oral Storyteller and a presenting member of the Missouri Humanities Speakers' Bureau. George is currently engaged with the U.S. Center of Military History and Fort Leavenworth to fund, construct, and install a reimagined Frontier Army Museum.