Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
November 10, 2011
Contact: Tina Tran, 512-463-0113

Motor Vehicles Board Approves Buffalo Soldiers License Plate

(Austin, TX)—On the same day that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board unanimously voted down the Confederate Battle Flag license plate, the board voted 5-3 today to approve the proposed Buffalo Soldiers specialty license plates. Senator Ellis had the following to say:

"I am extremely pleased that the DMV Board voted to approve the Buffalo Soldier license plates and officially honor and recognize their service to our country. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, to which revenue from the specialty plates will be distributed, is a wonderful institution in my Senate district. I have personally toured the facility with Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, and it fulfills its mission well: preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier."

In 1866, the U.S. Army reorganized and established the first peacetime army for the United States. The reorganization included the establishment of six all-black units: the 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Infantry regiments. In 1869, the four infantry regiments became the 24th and 25th Infantry. These four regiments went on to become what we now commonly call the Buffalo Soldiers.

Buffalo Soldier units have participated in America's military engagements from 1866 to present, including the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf War. Currently, the 9th and 10th Cavalry is part of the 1st Cavalry Division stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Thus they remain part of Texas' yesterday, today, and tomorrow.