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Date(s) - 12/08/2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


This program is free and open to the public. You can attend on Zoom or in-person. See details below on both ways to attend. This event will be recorded by C-SPAN.

Author Dr. Alfred O. Taylor, Jr.  will lead us on two trails of discovery, first uncovering his great grandfather’s personal biography and then delving into the role played by Trooper Pride as a Buffalo Soldier carrying out the US government’s violent “manifest destiny” in the West.

In his book: “Following the Trail of Trooper Alfred Pride” the author has written from the perspective of the author’s great-grandfather who served in the 9th and 10th Cavalry of the Buffalo Soldiers from 1865 until 1893, when he retired at Fort Myer, Virginia. Matching his service and experience with untold stories of the racism, segregation, and broken promises by the US government, the book gives an inside perspective on what these Black troopers had to endure as they pursued what they thought would lead them to full citizenship as promised by the Emancipation Proclamation, only to find that it was not to be.
Alfred O. Taylor, Jr. earned his B.S. at the Washington Technical Institute, M.A, at the Federal City College and his Education Doctorate at Virginia Tech. He retired from the University of the District of Columbia after 31 years of service in 1999. Since then, he has written several books including Bridge Builders of Nauck/Green Valley (2015).  Following the Trail of Trooper Alfred Pride will be on sale after the event.

Attend via Zoom or In-Person

PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ACCESS. You can attend this event on either Zoom or in-person on the Marymount University Main Campus.  If you want to attend this event virtually, please use this link to register. You can also cut and paste the following URL into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQZw2EQm1zLleFQmgUoslXCaoOXwmHAWp7APchLsdy8Zq2DA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please register by Wednesday, December 7:  Zoom access information sent to you the morning of the event on Thursday, December 8.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees planning to attend the event in-person should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. From Glebe Road going north, take a right onto 26th Street. Pass the intersection with Yorktown Road and then enter the campus through the next gate on your left. The library is to your left as you enter the campus. Free garage parking is just past the library at the bottom of the small incline. (Handicapped parking is immediately to your right as you enter the campus.)

  • NEW: If the University has lowered the garage gates, push the button and let them know you’re here for an Arlington Historical Society event in the library. To leave, push the button and they’ll raise the gate.

This event is one of the monthly series of public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org