May 23, 2024 6:00 pm - May 23, 2024 7:30 pm

Black Soldiers and the Lone Star State during World War II

Like many other areas of the United States during World War II, Texas saw an increased military presence as new military units were raised and posts were built to train them. Among them were many Black Americans who came to Texas to train for the war effort. While it is known that famous units such as the elements of the Tuskegee Airmen and the 761st Tank Battalion were trained here, many other Black units were also either raised in the state or conducted training here, ranging from Coastal Artillery to Engineer Regiments. Join Cale Carter to learn more about the history of these units and their impact on both Texas as well as the war effort.

Cale has nearly ten years of experience in public history, dating back to when he volunteered at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum as a teen. He attended Huston-Tillotson University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. Cale was a Research Fellow in the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and a Living Historian with the Texas State Parks and Wildlife Buffalo Soldiers Heritage and Outreach Program. After graduating, he returned to his home state of South Carolina to work as a Research Intern for ColumbiaSC63 and Curator of Exhibits for the South Carolina Military Museum. He is currently the Director of Exhibitions at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and recently curated The Blue Helmets in Action: The 93rd Infantry Division in World War II.