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The Life and Journey of Moses Williams, Buffalo Soldier

This program, presented by OE author and board member Gregory P. Shine, will explore the life, military service, and Pacific Northwest connections of Sgt. Moses Williams – a decorated Buffalo Soldier and Medal of Honor recipient – and share new research that sheds light on key turning points in Williams’ fascinating journey throughout the American West. Williams, a nineteenth century U.S. Army soldier who served in the Ninth Cavalry – one of four all-African American regiments known as Buffalo Soldiers – is buried at the Vancouver Barracks post cemetery, and his journey from rural Louisiana through assignments at remote forts in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, and Oregon reveals much about the history of our nation and the American West. Gregory P. Shine is a historian, writer and educator who has been researching, writing, and presenting Buffalo Soldier history for nearly 30 years. To learn more about Moses Williams, the Buffalo Soldiers in the Pacific Northwest, the history of Blacks in Oregon, and related topics, visit the Oregon Encyclopedia online at This event is hosted by the Oregon Encyclopedia, the Friends of Fort Vancouver, and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Feb. 29, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

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This free talk will take place at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661.

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