The Alexandria Museum of Art recently held an opening reception for A Legacy of Honor and Valor, an exhibition presented by the Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society that will be on display through February 22, 2020.

The Rapides Parish Library Johnson Branch Manager and granddaughter of a World War II Buffalo Soldier, Suzanne Bosarge, spoke at the reception about the rich history of these brave men and women and other African-American soldiers.

She reflected on their bravery in facing and overcoming obstacles both at home and abroad. To honor her grandfather, she aims to tell as many people as possible about the history of these “Invisible Soldiers.”

In honor of Black History Month, Suzanne will host two additional History of the Buffalo Soldier presentations in February. The first will be held at Westside Regional Library on February 13, 2020, from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The second will be held at the Rapides Parish Library Johnson Branch on February 15, 2020; from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm. Guests will enjoy refreshments as they learn the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and many other African-American soldiers that have served the United States of America.

After enjoying this phenomenal presentation at your library, be sure to stop by the Main Library downtown where the Alexandria Museum of Art’s Collection Highlight, featuring African American artists from Louisiana, can be viewed. While you are there, or at any other Rapides Parish Library location, be sure to check out a free AMoA family pass with your library card. This will ensure that you won’t miss out on the wonderful exhibits that are available at this time.

More Black History Month programs and activities at various Rapides Parish Library locations may be found at

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