On behalf of
the Tucson Buffalo Soldier Monument Committee, I would like to invite you to join us as we begin to raise funds to establish
a BuffaloSoldierMonument here in the city of Tucson. We need your help to raise the funds needed to build this Monument.
The project will cost about $1,000,000 to complete. We have asked the city of Tucson
to give us an appropriate place to exhibit the monument, and have proposed to the city that it be located just north of the
Quincie Douglas Library on Kino Parkway just north
of 36TH Street.
will require an area of about (60’ X 100’) sixty by one hundred feet. We have commissioned an artist, to render
a drawing for our proposed monument.Famed Artist and Sculptor, Ed Dwight has
been commissioned to design and build the monument for us, and we are presently working with him on a model for the design
Our committee, Tucson Buffalo Soldier Monument Committee, formed in November of 2006 and is now registered
with the State and Federal Government as a non-profit fundraising organization for the purpose of building the BuffaloSoldierMonument.We have an established bank account,
P.O. Box, web site, and e-mail address for the committee.
Our next fundraising activity will be on October 17, 2008 at the Buffalo Soldiers Banquet. We are
asking each person or family for a one-time donation of $250.00 to help us raise the funds for the project. If we can get
4,000 donations of $250, we would have raised the needed funds necessary to complete the project.
The Buffalo Soldier Monument Committee Banquet will be held
17 October 2008
Inn Suite Hotel
475 E. Granada Ave.Tucson, AZ85705.
Please save the date
We in the Tucson Buffalo
Soldier Monument Committee believe this can be done without the help of government or large corporations, but we need those
of you who can to send us a donation.We realize not everyone will be able to
give a $250 donation; therefore, a donation of at least $25 will provide us the necessary funds to print materials and promote
the monument. Our goal is to have all the funds in place for the monument by June of 2008. Prior to that, we will have
a public showing and banquet where we will unveil final plans for the monument.
We in the Tucson
Buffalo Soldier Monument Committee sincerely believe that a monument such as the one that we are proposing would greatly benefit
Tucson’s economy, while at the same time honor the brave
Americans who protected and served on the western frontier of our great nation for many years.
this project.Our objective is to provide a monument the entire community can
be proud for many years to come.
Mr. Dwight is a man of many outstanding accomplishments which include:
·former Air Force
·America's first African American Astronaut Trainee
·real estate developer
He can best be described as embracing all aspects of the true "renaissance man".
At first glance, it should be noted that Mr. Dwight has been extremely successful in many areas throughout the years.
However, for the last twenty-five years he has focused creative attention in the areas of fine art and sculpture projects.His first serious artistic undertaking began with a commission to create a sculpture
in 1976. Since that time, he has become “one of the most prolific and insightful sculptors in America.”
George Brown, Colorado's first Black Lt. Governor was the subject of his first commission. As
a direct consequence of the artistic impact of his first project, the Colorado Centennial Commission soon commissioned Mr.
Dwight to create a series of bronzes entitled "Black Frontier Spirit in the American
West".This series of fine sculptures depicted the contributions African
Americans made to the opening of the American West.
As you are well aware, very few facts were written about the Black pioneers,
explorers, trappers, farmers or soldiers.Mr. Dwight, using his unique artistic style and skills, has opened the minds of numerous viewers
to the heretofore forgotten history of the American West. The series of 30 bronzes was on exhibit for several years throughout
the U.S., and gained wide acceptance and critical acclaim. Accordingly, he has
been inundated with public art projects throughout the country.
In 2001, he unveiled four major monuments including the first Bi-National Monuments in Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Canada.This project was dedicated to the International
Underground Railroad Movement. Other projects for which he is noted is the African American History Monument on the Capitol
Grounds in Columbia, South Carolina, and a memorial to George Washington Williams, the first Black legislator in Ohio. The
Williams monument was installed in the State Capitol in Columbus, OH.
We sincerely believe that a public arts project such as the one that we
are proposing would be greatly beneficial for the economy of Tucson while simultaneously
honoring those brave Americans who protected and served for so many years on the western frontiers of our great nation.