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Re: Harlem Hellfighters

I have my Masters degree in History from USC. In 1978-80 I was named director of the Buffalo Soldier Historical Society and curator of it's museum in Flagstaff, Arizona while teaching a course at NAU on museology, the science of museum organization, management and equipment. In 1980 I began an association with the Presidio Army Museum, as curator and historical consultant which would last until 1985. In 1980 I would serve as historical consultant for the National Minority Military Museum Foundation. In 1982 I was one of two men consedered for the position of Program manager, CA Museum Of Afro-American History & Culture. I have been Curator of the National Traveling Exhibition The Buffalo Soldier since 1980. My exhibit "Ready And Forward", was the first of its kind undertaken, it was dedicated at the Presidio Army Museum on February 9, 1980. One year later, The Golden Gate National Recreation Area installed the exhibition at Fort Point, where thousands of people have had the opportunity to view my unique exhibition. In 1986, I worked in partnership with the California Afro American Museum on the exhibition "To Prove Our Worth, The Irony of the Black Military Experience 1861 to 1975". In 1993 through 94, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., was able to put on an exhibit honoring the "Buffalo Soldiers” with the help of a loan of photographs from my rare collection. My exhibit ”The African American Soldier in the U.S. Army, 1866-1902” was on exhibit at the Presidio Museum, The Presidio of San Francisco, from April 22 to June 26, 1994. Los Angeles WATTS SUMMER GAMES, July 1994, Los Angeles Black Family Reunion at Exposition Park, August 1994, Black Expo U.S.A. Long Beach September 10 and 11, 1994, Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, October 7-9, 1994, The African American Historical cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley, October 10-29, 1994, The Ordway Building Oakland, California, October 31 to November 12, 1994, Riverside, California November 19 & 20, 1994, Inland Empire Minorities Business Expo, Riverside Convention Center, The 10th Annual Holiday Expo, Oakland Convention Center December 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 1994. Kaiser African American Professionals Association, February 1, 1995 in Oakland, Chevron USA at the Chevron Gallery San Francisco, February 13-17, 1995, Sequoia National Park, February 22nd to 26th 1995 and at the San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society Museum, May 1, 1995 through October 31, 1996 Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. I have been a guest on numerous Radio and TV news and talk shows through out the country.

I have lectured extensively on the subject of Black Military History, over the last three decades at such Universuties and Colleges and Museums: Arizona State University, University of Northern Arizona, Fisk University, Jackson State University, Howard University, Texas Southern University, Santa Clara University, Mesa Community College, Phoenix City College, Vincennes University, Yale University, New Haven, Conn, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock PA, Chatam College, Pittsburgh, PA, Napa Valley College, Napa, CA, University of Southern Indiana, University of Evansville, Lake Merritt Breakfast Club, Oakland, CA, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, San Francisco Public Library, the Tempe Union School District, US Department’’s of Energy, Agriculture, Interior, US Department of the Navy, Naval Station Treasure Island, US Department of the Army, Presidio of San Francisco, Walter Reed Army Medical Center Washington D.C, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK, Moorestown Friends School, Moorestown, New Jersey, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey, National Conference of African American Studies and Hispanic and Latino Studies Houston, Texas, Trenton Public Schools, Trenton, New Jersey, IBM Corporation, San Francisco, CA, the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, Vallejo, CA, ,Vincennes Public Schools,Vincennes, Indinana, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh, PA, Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI, The Sloan Museum, Flint, MI, Corpus Christi Museum Of Science and History, Corpus Christi, TX, Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, Indiana, Mesa Southwest Museum, Mesa, Arizona, Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, Jackson, Mississippi, Midway Village Museum Center, Rockford, Illinois, DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, Illinois, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA,
I have been affiliated with the Company of Military Historians, the Afro-American Association for the Study of Life and History, American Association for State and Local history, NAACP, Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society, American Association of Museums, the University Club of Alameda County. I have done historical consulting for the late author historian Alex Haley and for the National Institute for the study of Race in the Military. I have written on the subject of Black military history for Black Heritage Magazine, Military Affairs, the American Military Institute, and the Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society, Gilcrease Museum, Books and articles include:”Through My Grandfather’s Eyes The Ties That Bind, "Black Chaplains in the United States, Army, 1863 to 1945,” "Overview the Post Spanish American War years 1899-1912,""Keep Step To The Music Of The Union, African American Army Musicians 1770 To 1940," The Black Soldier Athlete 1900-1940's,What It Took To Win, We Had Nothing Else But"”For the Love of Liberty pictorial seires: The African American In The U.S. Army Part One 1866-1898, Part Two 1898-1902, Part Three 1902-1916, Part Four 1917-1940. I serve on the Burdick Military Project Advisory Committee, History Department San Jose State University.

Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Gilcrease Museum November 3 - December 22, 1996
Trenton, New Jersey at the New Jersey State Museum January 12 - March 2, 1997
Museum Of Texas Tech University March 23 - July 27, 1997
August 17 - October 5, 1997
Jackson Hall Gallery, Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY
Tampa Bay History Center October 26 - December 14, 1997
Clinton, New York at the Emerson Gallery Hamilton College January 11 - March 1, 1998
Lexington, MA at the Museum Of Our National Heritage March 22 - October 11, 1998
Detroit, MI Museum of African American History November 8 - December 27, 1998
Colorado Springs, CO Pioneers Museum January 24 - March 14, 1999
Flint, MI The Sloan MuseumApril 11 - May 30, 1999
Corpus Christi, TX Museum Of Science And Industry June 19 - August 15, 1999
Portland, OR Oregon Historical Society Museum September 1, 1999 - January 9, 2000
Evensville, IN Evensville Museum Of Arts And Sciences January 30 - March 19, 20000
Mesa, AZ Mesa Southwest Museum April 16 - June 4, 2000
Chicago, IL Chicago Public Library July 2 - August 20, 2000
Smith Robertson Museum And Cultural Center Jackson, MS 39202
September 17 - November 12, 2000
Afro American Historical And Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, PA
December 10, 2000 - January 28, 2001
Public Libary Of Charlotte And Mecklenburg Count Charlotte, NC 28202
February 25 - April 15, 2001 OPEN
Fredric Remington Art Museum Ogdensburg, NY May 13 - July 1, 2001
303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, July 29 - September 16, 2001
630 S. Oakes Street, San Angelo, Texas 76903-7013
Midway Village And Museum Center Rockford, IL 61107 October 14 - December 2, 2001
February 3 - April 7, 2002
Haggin Museum 1201 North Pershing Avenue
Stockton, CA 95203 May 5 - June 23, 2002
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum WTAMU, PO Box 60967
Canyon TX 79016 October 6-December 8, 2002
Tennessee State Museum 505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120 January 5- March 2, 2003
Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University
Alpine, TX 79832-001 March 30-May 18, 2003
Siouxland Heritage Museum, 200 West Sixth Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104 June 15-July13, 2003
Carnegie Center For The Arts 107 North Main Street
Three Rivers, MI 49093 August 10-September 28, 2003

Best Regards

Anthony L. Powell

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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