09 04 2015
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40 Years of Service

Until a few years ago, the memory of three African American soldiers was buried beneath the sandy, desert in New Mexico, their remains left behind by the military and to the mercy of looters. With some investigating and modern forensics, government archaeologists excavated the remains and identified them as Army Pvts. Thomas Smith, David Ford and Levi Morris. They were among the famed Buffalo Soldiers, African American members of the U.S. Army who served at remote outposts on the Western frontier in the years after the Civil War ...

When Ariel Brown was offered a chance to transcribe the correspondence of the first family of the Confederacy, the history major with a keen interest in the South seized the opportunity. Then the student from historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham let her colleagues know she would be doing her research at The Museum of the Confederacy. "It was a stare of, 'Oh, wow, what is she doing there?' "

When Enid Pinkney was a girl in the 1940s, her grandmother would tell her stories about a Black cemetery nestled in the northwest corner of Miami in an area once called Lemon City. Pinkney never saw any headstones or tombs on the former farm land, which gradually became surrounded by small homes, car lots and industrial warehouses starting in the 1950s and 1960s. But Pinkney's grandmother was apparently right. The bones of at least 11 people -- and possibly dozens more -- were recently discovered during construction of an affordable housing project. ...

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