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Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Thirteenth Annual Gala Celebrating Our Military Generals

Thank you to the media who were present at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum’s Media Event held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, 10:00-11:00am, at 3816 Caroline. The special activities, events and special guest appearances that were announced for our Thirteenth Annual Black-Tie Benefit Gala and Silent Auction and Scholarship Essay Contest to be held on Friday, February 22, 2013, in the Grand Ballroom at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010 at 6:30 p.m., are listed below. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Military Generals.” This will be an unprecedented gathering of military elite at a civilian event in the history of the United States.  Twenty (20) African American two (2), three (3) and four (4) star generals and admirals from all branches of the military will be represented. The event begins with a Silent Auction, followed by a military-style program, dinner and scholarship presentation.


·  Thursday, February 21, 2013, 4:00-6:00 p.m. –  Reception Honoring MG Marcelite J. Harris at the Museum

· Friday, February 22, 2013, 4:00-5:30p.m. – Private Reception for Gala Honorees at the Museum

·  Friday. February 22, 2013, 6:30-10-00 p.m. – Thirteenth Annual Gala, Honoring Our Military Generals,” at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, 1001 Avenida de las Americas


The media is invited to participate in all of these scheduled events.  Please observe the following protocol with respect to active duty



·          Do not use names or photos of active duty generals or admirals until after the gala.

·          Do not interview active duty generals or admirals.


The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum held a “Soft Opening’ for its new 23,000 ft. facility, the historic Houston Light Guard Armory, on November 8, 2012.  The Armory is located in the historic Houston Museum District at 3816 Caroline Street. It is the new home of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.  In 2008, the BSNM purchased the Armory from the City of Houston.  The 23,000 square foot, three-story facility features new exhibits, new programming, and a green building concept.  The key programs of the facility are educational outreach, research center, leadership development, military library, veterans’ registry and oral history projects.  Phase I has been completed, and approximately $2.1 million dollars is required to complete the build-out of the 2nd and 3rd floors.


This museum is the only one of its kind in the United States and highlights the achievements/contributions of African American soldiers in the defense of America. The completion of the restoration/renovation process of the landmark Houston Light Guard Armory, built in 1925, culminates the end of Phase II by finishing the second floor “Main Gallery” exhibit space. The end of Phase I has allowed the former site of the BSNM (1834 Southmore Boulevard) to transition to the Houston Light Guard Armory.


The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in January 2001. The mission of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) is to educate, preserve, promote and perpetuate the history, tradition and outstanding contributions of America’s Buffalo Soldiers from the Revolutionary War to present.  BSNM achieves its mission through its educational programs, historic research, the arts, the environment, school tours, performing arts, teacher workshops; youth outreach programs, school appearances, and exhibits.  The museum creates and disseminates knowledge about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and their service in the defense and development of America.


We invite you to visit our new location so that you can see firsthand what we have achieved and why we need your assistance with educating the world on the historical significance of the Buffalo Soldiers.


For questions please contact Mildred Tate at (713) 298-2471 or


We thank you in advance for your support


Media Inquiries Contact:

Steven Tatum 


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