Buffalo Soldiers

It was an honour to be awarded the @wcmtuk Fellowship 2019, and the opportunity this has provided me to learn about BAME (People of Colour), enggament in the Outdoors, in Canada, US and Ireland. 
About 15 years ago I came across an article about the Buffalo Soldiers and Yosemite. 
Last week as part of my fellowship, I was fortunate to spend time in probably one of the most beautiful National Parks, Yosemite, never thought I would have the opportunity to visit. 
I was privileged to start my visit to Yosemite National Park, with a visit to Parsons Memorial Lodge at Tuolumne Meadows, to watch a powerful performance of “Buffalo Soldier”. Having read about “Buffalo Soldier” over 15 years ago. It was powerful but engaging and challenging, Park Ranger Shelton Johnson portrays one of the U.S. Army’s Buffalo Soldiers as part of his interpretation of Yosemite’s history back in 1899, and their experiences as some of the first African American park protectors. Amazing history about the Yosemite. 
It was a great opportunity to see the powerful performance by @yosemite_shelton .

It’s important to look at the history of our Countryside and National Parks and the contribution by People of Colour, in the past, present and future. 
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