BUFFALO SOLDIERS DAY
AFRICIAN AMERICAN PATRIOTS DAY
Parris Glenndening Govenor of the State of Maryland proclaimed February 28th as "Africian American Patriots and Buffalo Soldier Day".
Ms. Inez Lee (center) holds a proclamation from the governor along with Baltimore Delagate Clarence 'Tiger' Davis, D-45th (left) presented the proclamation on behalf of the governor at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Reisterstown. On the right is St. Luke's pastor Roosevelt Oliver.
Ms. Lee is the niece of Augustus Walley, a Reisterstown resident who was a Buffalo Soldier and Army Medal of Honor recipient. Augustus Walley, who is buried in the cemetery of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Reisterstown, Maryland. He died in early 1900s in Baltimore City after serving more than thirty years in the military, beginning in the late 1800s. In the 1800s, while assigned to the 9th Cavalry Regiment on the Western Frontier, Augustus Walley was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving one of his fellow Buffalo Soldiers while the unit was under attack by the Native Indians. This recognition was not noted on his tombstone. In the early 1990s, Houston D. Wedlock, in his research for former Buffalo Soldiers, discovered this serious ommision, and in 1995, he and John Craig made elaborate arrangements to have this fallen, neglected hero recognized. With all the glitter of the news media, Augustus Walley was formally recognized for his award of the Congressional Medal of Honor at lengthy ceremonies in the Bond Avenue area of Reisterstown, Maryland. Present at the activities were his niece, 90 year old, Mrs. Inez Lee, and a great-niece, Betty Stokes.