The members of the Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association (GSAAC) are proud to be participating in a project to place a monument honoring the Buffalo Soldiers at the Quincie Douglas Neighborhood Center located at 1585 East 36th Street in Tucson, Arizona. We also envision incorporating a tribute to Colonel Charles Young somewhere within the project.
The neighborhood surrounding the center is one of the oldest historically black neighborhoods in Tucson. Unfortunately, most Tucsonans and residents of this community do not know the rich history of the neighborhood and the significant contributions that African Americans have made to Tucson, Arizona, and our nation.
Over the past seven years, various Buffalo Soldier organizations have been working with Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres and former Council Member Steve Leal to honor the contributions of the Buffalo Soldier’s and one America’s greatest heroes, Col. Charles Young. The meetings and discussions have led to Council Member Fimbres dedicating and reserving a plot of land at the Quincie Douglas center that will be the future site of a Col. Charles young Buffalo Soldiers Monument.
It is important to note that the African American presence in Tucson is as long as Tucson is old. However, there are currently no monuments in Tucson that recognize or honor a person of African American descent. The Greater Southern Arizona Area Buffalo Soldiers Chapter is excited about our partnership with Tucson Ward 5 City Council Member Richard Fimbres along with other supporting organizations and we look forward to working him, and the community to build a monument to the Buffalo Soldiers and Col. Charles Young.
Monument Committee Members:
- Trooper Ronald Wilson –Project Lead
- Trooper Jon Covington – GSAAC Chairman
- Trooper William Spalding – GSAAC Vice-Chairman
- Trooper Floyd Gray – GSAAC Vice-Chairman
- Trooper Frank Bothwell – GSAAC Member
- Trooper Sam Freeman – GSAAC Member
- Trooper Morgan Maxwell – GSAAC Member
- Trooper Herman Warrior – GSAAC Member