buffalo soldier

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Definition of buffalo soldier 

: an African American soldier serving in the western U.S. after the Civil War

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Highlight the stories of the buffalo soldiers, who became some of America’s first park rangers. Latria Graham, Outside Online, "We're Here. You Just Don't See Us.," 10 Apr. 2018 There are no movies or mentions of buffalo soldiers. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Trump Treated Sgt. La David Johnson the Way America Has Always Treated Black Soldiers," 19 Oct. 2017

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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