Fort Concho will celebrate Buffalo Solider Heritage Day by hosting a special one-man show portraying the life of Henry O. Flipper, the first African-American graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, this Sunday, February 22nd, at 2 p.m. in the fort’s Commissary building at Burgess Street and East Avenue C.

Performed by Bob Snead of El Paso, the program will cover the life of Lt. Flipper, who served at several Texas forts, including Fort Concho, in the late 1870s. Called 'Held in Trust', the program has been performed across the nation and worldwide for 30 years. Snead portrays an elderly Flipper, reminiscing about his life and the challenges of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The program is free and light refreshments will be available. Members of the Fort Concho Buffalo Soldier living history program will be present, and wagon rides in the fort’s wagon will be offered after the program.

Nicknamed “buffalo soldiers” by their Indian foes, the black troops of the western frontier represented half of the soldiers who served at Fort Concho in its active years of 1867-89. An annual program for more than 25 years, Buffalo Soldier Heritage Day at Fort Concho honors the contributions of these troops to the post and the community.

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