Posted on May 2, 2018

Buffalo Soldier Monument in Audubon Park Vandalized

Marie Simoneaux, Times-Picayune, May 2, 2018

A plaque in Audubon Park honoring the Buffalo Soldiers was vandalized Wednesday morning (May 2) {snip}.

The Buffalo Soldiers were all-black cavalries, led mostly by white officers, who are best known for fighting in military campaigns against Native American tribes in the late 1800s.

The Audubon Park plaque reads, “The name “Buffalo Soldiers” was given to them by the Plains Indians. They gained respect from the Indians because of their fighting spirit, stamina, courage, and the similarity of their hair to the buffalo.”

On Wednesday, the plaque had been spray painted with a red anarchy symbol and a message on the pavement in front of the plaque read “native genocide.”

Officials from American Indian Genocide Museum have spoken out for years against praise of the Buffalo Soldiers, who they say assisted in the planned genocide of Native American peoples.