*A museum in Houston honoring the nation’s Black Buffalo Soldiers was vandalized with graffiti, including with an apparent swastika, according to the facility.
Residents who live near the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum discovered the vandalism, which had to have happened either Monday or Tuesday. The museum was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The outside brick wall was spray-painted with what appears to be a swastika symbol and words that appear to read “Sucks Democratic Party,” according to a Facebook post by the museum’s CEO Desmond Bertrand-Pitts.
“For 19 years we have educated the Houston, surrounding communities and the world with the stories of African American men and women who sacrifice their lives in defense of America,” said Bertrand-Pitts, whose grandfather founded the museum. “We have never dealt with such disrespect, hate and racism. It is our hope that the individuals responsible for this act are caught.”
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The Buffalo Soldiers, established in 1866, were the first regiments of Black soldiers authorized to serve during peacetime. They were issued poorer uniforms and equipment than the other all-white units and faced discrimination in many of the towns they protected. The soldiers included former slaves and veterans who served in the Civil War. At least 18 of the soldiers won the Medal of Honor during the settlement of the West.
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