April 14, 2014 |
In the months before his death, the Rev. James A. Benson kept working on exhibits for his museum in Lawnside. "He was sick in the hospital, cutting things out of the newspaper and using the nurses' tape," Benson's widow, Ellen, recalls. "He was always asking, 'What's going on at the museum?' " A retired Lawnside postmaster, she's grateful that her husband - who was 81 when he died of leukemia Dec. 8 - doesn't have to hear the answer to his frequent question. The Benson History Museum he founded, owned, and operated (at no charge to visitors)
June 14, 2013 |
Spencer C. Moore II, 91, of Magnolia, a decorated member of the Buffalo Soldiers Army unit during World War II, died Saturday, June 1, at Virtua Berlin, the medical center there. In 2008, Mr. Moore spoke at the 60th anniversary celebration of the desegregation of the military, in the rotunda of the Capitol, son Michael Sr. said. Among the other speakers was former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Mr. Moore was a vice president and life member of the Lawnside Historical Society and a vice president and charter member of the Magnolia Historical Society.
February 13, 2013 |
After suffering a series of setbacks in the early days of the Korean War, U.S. officials were anxious for a victory. They got it on July 21, 1950, when the Buffalo Soldiers of the Army's 24th Infantry Regiment, which had just arrived in Korea, retook Yechon in a counterattack. Though the victory was short-lived, U.S. Rep. Thomas Lane of Massachusetts stood before the House and praised the black troops "who believed not only in the United States as it is, but in the nation that it will become when intolerance is also defeated.
November 23, 2010 |
Harry D. Palmer Sr., 99, of Trevose, who taught horseback riding at the U.S. Military Academy as a member of an Army unit known as the Buffalo Soldiers, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the home of a daughter, Georgann Beverly, in Germantown. At 17, he joined the Army and was assigned to the 10th U.S. Calvary Regiment at West Point, N.Y. Mr. Palmer, whose two older brothers were also in the unit, spent 14 years at West Point, where he taught horseback riding, mounted drill and tactics, and polo to cadets.
August 30, 2010 |
ELLIS W. DEAN, a wounded and decorated Army veteran of the Korean War who in civilian life became a strong advocate for veterans, died Thursday. He was 82 and lived in Ambler. Ellis was a member of the historic 24th Infantry Regiment, an all-black "Buffalo Soldier" unit founded in 1869. The 24th fought throughout the Korean peninsula, from the Pusan perimeter and well into North Korea before the Chinese intervention that drove the Allied forces back. Ellis was wounded and received the Purple Heart Medal, among other decorations.
July 28, 2010 |
HENRY TYLER Washington made it his life's work to tell people about the "Buffalo Soldiers. " A proud member of that legendary band of African-Americans who fought in every war from the Indian campaigns of the 19th century through World War II, Vietnam and Iraq, Henry donned his military regalia with all his ribbons and insignia and traveled the country to talk about those soldiers and his own experiences. He talked with young people and military personnel. He visited bases, spoke at universities, military academies, churches, conventions - wherever he could get a receptive audience.
February 5, 2010 |
Everett Staten of Elkins Park, an events planner by trade, believes there is a continued need to remind the public about the positive aspects of African American culture from a grassroots level. His Black History Showcase gives "an opportunity for those who have wonderful private collections to show them off. " The special theme of this year's showcase, to be held at the Convention Center next weekend, Feb. 13 and 14, will be the history of blacks in sports, Staten said. There will be some Philadelphia-specific exhibits - one about basketball great Wilt Chamberlain, for instance, and another spotlighting the Philadelphia Stars baseball team, with visits from three of the original Stars: Mahlon Duckett, Harold Gould and Bill "Ready" Cash.
September 26, 2008 |
If Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna were a symphony, you'd think, three sublime movements, a fourth that's turgid, and what's with the wacky coda? Adapted by James McBride from his best-seller, Miracle is, by turns, a dazzling, dim, lucid, confounding, absorbing, tedious, silly, profound, bloody and - 160 minutes and almost as many subplots later - bracing account of four African American infantrymen separated from their Buffalo Soldiers unit in Tuscany during World War II. The film opens in 1983 as one of the soldiers, Hector (Laz Alonso)
February 23, 2007 |
BEFORE PHILADELPHIA native Everett Staten went off to college, American history was his least favorite class. "History was my worst subject in school," Staten said. "American history was basically politics and military, and the only thing it included about African-Americans was being slaves. " Years later, determined to publicize the untold accounts of African-American history, Staten founded the Black History Showcase, a free event featuring a variety of privately owned exhibits and activities composed of real people, objects and stories, with the intention to boost African-American pride and encourage tolerance between races.
June 20, 2004 |
Freedom came in a parade on horseback, with black cowboys, Buffalo Soldiers, and the United States Colored Troops. Starting yesterday's Juneteenth celebration in Fairmount Park, the uniformed men hoped they would remind people of the day's meaning. "People who do not know are asking questions about what it is," said Sgt. Maj. Joseph Lee, 65, of South Philadelphia, cofounder of the Third Regiment Infantry of the United States Colored Troops, a reenactment group. Lee rode through the neighborhood with about 50 others before making camp on Lemon Hill near Poplar Street.