Welcome to the official website of the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point, Inc. (BSAWP). Thank you, for visiting our site.
The Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point is a not-for-profit membership organization that aims to acknowledge, honor, promote, and preserve the history and contributions of Buffalo Soldiers and military persons that served the United States of America in the Hudson Valley region, and beyond.
Our primary focus is to educate future generations about the historical legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers that served at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, from 1907-1946. We will accomplish our mission by conducting educational awareness programs, recognizing veterans and individuals for their outstanding achievements and leadership, hosting annual memorial events at West Point, and providing science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programs for youth, both regionally and nationally. Our STEAM programs will prepare youth to pursue career fields in the military and college with the standard of excellence, and teach them the values and history of the Buffalo Soldiers of West Point.
By becoming a BSAWP member, you will ensure that communities in the 21st century continue to preserve, honor, and acknowledge the important contributions of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers to West Point, and the United States Army. Join us in making sure that future generations never forget the valor and sacrifices of the Buffalo Soldiers, our Veterans, West Point graduates, and active duty Soldiers in the United States.
The West Point Buffalo Soldier Monument
As its highest near-term priority, the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point has enacted a Special Project Committee (SPC) to memorialize the service of the Buffalo Soldiers at West Point. To assure the success of the project, the Association has elected (Ret.) Major General Fred Gorden as Chairperson of the Special Project Committee. General Gorden is a graduate of West Point (class of 1962), and the Academy’s first African American Commandant of Cadets.Under his leadership, the Special Project Committee will work with the United States Military Academy Museum to design the Buffalo Soldiers monument, and in 2017 the SPC plans to donate the funds to erect a Buffalo Soldiers monument at West Point.
The Buffalo Soldiers Monument at West Point is a top priority for the BSAWP, because 2017 is the 140th Anniversary of the West Point Class of 1877. This historical class earned Henry O. Flipper the distinction of being the first African American graduate of the United States Military Academy, as well as the first to be commissioned as a Regular Army officer in our nation’s history. With your support, we are on our way to ensuring the West Point legacy of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldier will never be forgotten.