Buffalo Soldiers Memorial (1992)

Black veterans long overlooked by history books finally got some deserved recognition this summer when General Colin Powell dedicated a memorial to “Buffalo Soldiers” at Ft. Leavenworth.

Unveiling a 13-foot statue of a black soldier, rifle in hand, riding along an avenue leading to the base, Gen. Powell said, “This monument is magnificent and we have waited many, many years for the recognition it bestows.”

Noted black sculptor Eddie Dixon, of Lubbock, Tex., spent two and one-half years producing it. He said: “This statue is symbolic of all the unsung heroes of our time. Blacks have played as much a role in the development of America as anyone.”