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Buffalo Soldiers: The Art of David Laughlin

Phone: (520) 202-3888

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Venue: Tucson Desert Art Museum

Time: Wed - Fri. 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM; Sat. 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Admission: Adult $10. Senior $8. Student $6. Members Free.


Learn why Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, just south of Tucson, is the only military installation to have the distinction of housing all four regimental units of the legendary Buffalo Soldiers in this art-focused presentation by David Laughlin at the Tucson Desert Art Museum. Buffalo Soldiers is the nickname of the 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Regiments, and the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments, which were garrisoned at Fort Huachuca at one time or another.
The Buffalo Soldiers played a prominent role in the Arizona Territory in becoming a state. After serving in conflicts against bandits, renegades, and Native Americans throughout the western United States, several units moved to Arizona at such posts as Ft. Bowie and Ft. Verde in the 1880s. As protectors of the southern border and the New Mexico Territory, including Arizona, the Buffalo Soldiers created the atmosphere to establish Arizona and New Mexico as states. These soldiers served as postmen, constructed roads and telegraph lines and maintained law and order along the US-Mexican Border.