A monument will be unveiled next week to honor the only known female Buffalo Soldier to serve in the military.
The military service of Cathay Williams will be recognized in a ceremony Friday at the Richard Allen Cultural Center and Museum, 412 Kiowa St.
An engraved, stone monument will be unveiled to honor the service of Williams, who concealed her identity and joined the Buffalo Soldiers on Nov. 15, 1866. She was believed to be about 24 years old.
She served in the 38th U.S. Infantry under the name of William Cathey. She served about two years before a visit to a doctor revealed she was a woman.
The monument unveiling will be at 12:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at Bethel A.M.E. Church, located across the street from the Richard Allen Cultural Center and Museum.
Another project to honor African American women in the military is under way as well.
Work has started to raise money for a monument on Fort Leavenworth to honor the 6888th Postal Battalion during World War II. Organizers hope to unveil that monument in September 2017.
The Cathay Williams monument unveiling is not the only Buffalo Soldier event happening next weekend.
The 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Association Buffalo Soldiers will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a program and a horseback ride in Leavenworth on July 23.
A program begins at 10 a.m. at Bob Dougherty Park in Leavenworth. The park is located at 800 Second St.
The Leavenworth High School JROTC color guard will present the colors to open the ceremony, followed by the national anthem by Elder Donna Brown and invocation by Chaplain Gregory B. Washington.
Trooper John Bruce, president of the Alexander/Madison Chapter of the Kansas City Area Buffalo Soldiers, will open the ceremony.
Leavenworth Chief of Police Pat Kitchens and Leavenworth Mayor Larry Dedeke will give remarks.
The keynote speaker will be Trooper Andre Williams, first vice present of the 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Association.
The colors will be retired before orders are given to mount up and move out.
Members of the Nicodemis Buffalo Soldiers Association, wearing authentic uniforms, will lead the horseback ride.
The ride will proceed north on Fourth Street and west on Metropolitan Avenue, passing in front of Fort Leavenworth, for about two miles.
The riders will then turn around and follow the same route back to Dougherty Park.
There will be a police escort for the horseback ride, which is expected to begin about 10:30 a.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
Food and drinks will be served to the public when the riders return.