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The Desert Caballeros Western Museum will hold a special exhibit in honor of Black History Month with a Buffalo Soldiers display in the Artist at Work Masterworks by Kenneth M. Freeman. Freeman (1935-2008), who was called the Rembrandt of the Rodeo, was a Jewish artist who painted depictions of the Buffalo Soldiers and served as a captain in the 9th Memorial Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers. On Saturday, Feb. 18, members of the Calvary will be at the museum to meet and greet visitors and answer questions about this important part of Arizona history. In addition, Bonnie Adams Freeman, curator of the Legacy Collection, will also attend as a lady of the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers. There will be photo opportunities with all of the members.
In celebration of Black History Month, Union Bank has partnered with KCET to honor two extraordinary African Americans as part of the Local Heroes program. The program recognizes and pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their work place, profession, neighborhood, community, region and the world. The 2012 Black History Month honorees are Shirlee Smith and Samella Lewis. In addition to Black History Month local heroes, honorees will also be identified during Women’s History Month (March); Jewish American Heritage Month (April/May); Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May); Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month (June) and Hispanic Heritage Month (September). The yearlong program will culminate in October 2012 where honorees will be formally recognized as part of the annual Local Heroes Awards.