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2018 Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Verde State Park

To celebrate African American History Month, Fort Verde State Historic Park held its annual Buffalo Soldiers event on Saturday, Feb. 17. Historical presenters honored the legacy of the all-black regiments that once served at Fort Verde. The Buffalo Soldier Riders of America Motorcycle Club, among others, offered history presentations to the visitors at Fort Verde. On display were 1870s military equipment and uniforms, as well as period-appropriate military encampments. Dutch oven cooking demonstrations by company cooks Bill Stafford, Bob Tenner and various volunteers yielded a hearty lunch of barbecued ribs, Cajun-boiled veggies, corn bread and peach cobbler. Though the meal was primarily geared for the Buffalo Soldiers and the 1860s-era Base Ball players, the general public was able to make a donation for a plate of food. Vintage Baseball was once again on the agenda as the Prescott Champions hosted the Mesa Miners in an Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball game. (Photos by Bill Helm)

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