Yosemite Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier

One hundred years ago, Yosemite was protected by Buffalo Soldiers, African-American cavalrymen who served in the U.S. Army and were among the first guardians of the newly formed park. Park ranger Shelton Johnson portrays Sergeant Elizy Boman, circa 1903, in this film, which is an artful depiction of life in Yosemite as a member of Troop “K” Ninth Cavalry.  We invite you to witness this exciting and little-known chapter of the park’s history coming alive at the Yosemite Theater, and learn about the legacy of
Shows every Sunday at 7 pm, June 25 - Aug 27
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Aug 27 2017.
June 25, 2017
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August 27, 2017

More than a century ago, Yosemite was protected by Buffalo Soldiers, African-American cavalry and infantry troops who served in the U.S. Army and were among the first guardians of the early national parks. These troops built the first trail to the top of Mt. Whitney in Sequoia National Park, as well as the national park system's first museum here in Yosemite.

Travel back to the early 1900s to see ranger Shelton Johnson portray Sergeant Elizy Boman, a member of Troop “K”, 9th Cavalry, stationed in Yosemite. Experience life as a park guardian in the early 1900s, and speak with a Buffalo Soldier, one of the first national park rangers! Shows will alternate between live performances and screenings of the “Yosemite through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier” film. Movie-based nights will also include a short in-person performance by ranger Johnson. See Yosemite Guide for details.

Live Stage Performance and Film
Sundays at 7 pm, June 25 - Aug 27
Adults $10; Children under 12 years old Free
Yosemite Theater, Valley Visitor Center
Performer
Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson

Shelton Johnson

Born in Detroit, Shelton Johnson is a veteran ranger in Yosemite National Park. He is the author of Gloryland, a historical novel about the life of a Black Indian who became a Buffalo Soldier. Ranger Johnson appeared in the Ken Burns documentary “The National Parks: America's Best Idea,” and was called the “unexpected star” of the mini-series. His extensive research and his portrayal of a Buffalo Soldier at the turn of the 20th century have been widely acclaimed.