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HomeVideoThe Buffalo Soldiers from "The Big Burn"

The Buffalo Soldiers from “The Big Burn”

“My whole attitude about the black race has changed as a result of what I’ve seen and witnessed from these fellows.”

In 1910 seven companies from the 25th Infantry, known as the Buffalo Soldiers, were sent to Idaho to battle the raging forest fires in the area. According to author Timothy Egan, it was “the first time they were ever sent to fight a fire. And they are sent to a very white area, almost doubling the black population of the state of Idaho.”

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