The Memorial in the News and Updates
Buffalo Soldier Memorial Ground Breaking
October 29, 2020
Quincie Douglas Neighborhood Center and Library
City of Tucson Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres, the Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter (GSAAC) of the Buffalo Soldiers, and Tucson Parks and Recreation will break ground on a memorial honoring the contributions of Black Americans when settling in Southern Arizona. The memorial is funded through donations to the GSAAC of the Buffalo Soldiers and funds from Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections, a 2018 voter-approved bond program.
Those who made remarks included Ward 5 Councilman Richard Fimbres, Tim Thomure, Interim Director of Parks and Recreation, Col. Jarrod Moreland , Fort Huachuca Garrison Commander, Sam Freeman Jr., President, GSAAC and Jerry Neely, Director of the Quincie Douglas Neighborhood Center.
“This is a great project for our community; it will recognize the history and sacrifices made by the African-American community, that has been long overdue,” said Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres. “I am proud of the organizations that have come together to secure funding and raise awareness about the Buffalo Soldiers and their contributions to our history.”
The mission of the GSAAC of the Buffalo Soldiers is to educate the Tucson community about the rich history of the Buffalo Soldiers and their positive impact on defending the nation and settling Southern Arizona and other Western states. The neighborhood surrounding the Quincie Douglas Center, where the memorial will be located, is one of the oldest historically Black neighborhoods in Tucson.
The GSAAC of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Calvary Association is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers by informing, educating, and engaging the Tucson community. At present time, there are no monuments or museums in Tucson representative of contributions Black soldiers made in settling Southern Arizona and the West. We hope that the addition of this historic memorial will continue the conservation about contributions made by Black Americans in the settling of Southern Arizona and the Western United States.
Please click on the links below to see pictures from the Ground Breaking ceremony and a few news reports on the events of the day. Also the last link is a news report from last year on the Quincie Douglas Center and the Buffalo Soldier Memorial.