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Legacy of Buffalo Soldiers lives on in new museum

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If you ever go to the Buffalo Soldiers Museum make sure you get a tour of the place from Sergeant Major James Williams.

He wears an authentic cavalry uniform, while he tells you all about the artifacts and the history of the Buffalo Soldiers.

It's not abstract to him. He's actually a Buffalo Soldier himself.

He joined the army in 1950 at the age of 15. He says back then the troops were trained in segregated units. He has deep pride in the museum.

"All we are trying to do is give these men the respect they never did receive. Let somebody know what they achieved for this country."

The museum has just achieved something too.

It just moved from a 3,300 square foot facility that was crammed to the gills with exhibits, to a 23,000 square foot facility in an old National Guard armory.

It took five years and millions of dollars, and lots of sleepless nights for founder and curator Capt. Paul Matthews.

"We've seen piece by piece, day by day the transformation of something that was torn up to a magnificent location for the Buffalo Soldiers."

This is the completion of phase 1 of a three phase plan.

Next they will renovate the massive old drill room.

It will take time and money. They have plenty of time, but not money. However the new location is drawing in more visitors, which means more revenue. The project is picking up steam.

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