SAN ANGELO, Texas – Fort Concho will celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy on Saturday, July 24, starting at 9 a.m. at the American Plains Artists summer show at Barracks 6 off Henry O’ Flipper Street on the fort’s northeast corner. Coffee, juice, fruit and breakfast pastries will be available. The day’s program is free to all.
At 9:30 a.m., Angelo State University’s Devon Stewart, who has a doctorate in art history, will provide a short tour and briefing of this year’s show. The Concho Cowboy Company will follow at 10 a.m. with a performance of one of their award winning skits in the barracks 5 & 6 courtyard.
The western art show will stay open until 4 p.m. that day and will remain at Fort Concho until Sunday, Aug. 1. All art is available for sale, benefiting the artists and Fort Concho.
National Day of the Cowboy is celebrated across America to mark the contributions of the western figure to our national culture.
On Wednesday, July 28, Fort Concho will celebrate the 155th anniversary date of the 1866 Act of Congress that created the all-Black infantry and cavalry army regiments. The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a retreat ceremony on the fort’s parade ground followed by a special program by the Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory group inside the fort’s Commissary building.
Members of the U.S. Army’s 344th Military Intelligence Battalion at Goodfellow Air Force Base will assist the Fort Concho Living History program volunteers in lowering the flag and firing the evening gun during the retreat ceremony.
Buffalo soldiers served throughout the West after the Civil War, with all four regiments serving at Fort Concho. One regiment – the 10th Cavalry – made the fort its headquarters between 1875-1882. Over Fort Concho’s 22-year history, half of its enlisted soldiers were Black.