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February 4, 2013

Buffalo Soldier exhibit brings history to life for Blinn College students

Display part of College’s Black Heritage Week


Buffalo SoldiersThe Blinn College – Brenham campus kicked off a week of black heritage events today with an informative exhibit about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers.

Brenham residents Eddie Harrison and Don Allen, of the Troop K of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment, brought photos documenting black history in the U.S. armed forces as well as tools and clothing used by Buffalo Soldiers. Harrison and Allen remained in the College’s student center throughout the day to discuss the photos and items with students. The exhibit was comprised from Harrison’s personal collection.

Blinn held a Hispanic Heritage Week last Fall and intends to host a German Heritage Week in Fall 2013.

“Anything that exposes our students to the history of any culture is important,” said Student Leadership & Activities Director Mordecai Brownlee. “It is important for our students to see beyond the textbook, especially when we’re learning about cultures.”

On Wednesday, the Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan will display historical pieces and African American art from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Brenham campus student center.  Both Monday and Wednesday’s events are sponsored by the Distinguished Gentlemen, a student leadership organization open to African American males on Blinn’s Brenham campus.

It’s all part of a busy week for Blinn Student Leadership & Activities, which is transporting about 40 students to Austin Tuesday as part of Texas Community College Day at the State Capitol. Once there, students will have the opportunity to visit with lawmakers, take photos and visit the House of Representatives and Senate galleries.