NEWS RELEASE
GALENA PARK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
A TEXAS RECOGNIZED DISTRICT
Communications Department
14705 Woodforest Blvd., Houston, TX 77015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2009
CONTACT: Craig Eichhorn
(832) 386-1231
ceichhorn@galenaparkisd.com

North Shore Elementary students visited by Buffalo Soldier


         North Shore Elementary students recently received a visit from Trooper Tyrell Biggs from the 10th Calvary Regiment of the Buffalo Soldiers.
         Biggs, portrayed by James Reed Faulker from the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, gave the students a glimpse at what life was like for the Buffalo Soldiers. Faulkner, wearing authentic attire of military personnel of the era, described in detail the rugged conditions that the soldiers fought in.
         He also told the students how the African-American soldiers in the 10th Calvary earned the nickname of Buffalo Soldiers from the Native Americans in 1867 as a sign of respect. The actual Cheyenne translation was Wild Buffalo. The nickname was given out of respect and the fierce fighting ability of the 10th cavalry.
         The presentation was made possible through a $500 donation from Ramon Garza and the Farmer’s Insurance Group.

Buffalo Soldier

James Reed Faulkner portrays Trooper Tyrell Biggs at North Shore Elementary.

Farmer's Insurance Group

Farmer’s Insurance Group presented North Shore Elementary with a $500 donation to help fund
the presentation from the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.