24th infantry regiment

Happy birthday to the prolific artist Palmer Hayden!!!

In 1912, the Cooper Union alum joined the army’s black Company, 24th Infantry regiment, and was stationed in the Philippines before pursuing a career in fine arts. He was self-taught , known for capturing scenes of New York’s urban life and the rural South, and was the recipient of the first Harmon Foundation gold medal award for Distinguished Achievement.

On this date, July 20, in 1950, the Black troops of the 24th Infantry Regiment win the first U.S. victory in Korea.

The 24th Infantry Regiment (one of the Buffalo Soldier regiments) was organized on November 1, 1869 from the 38th and 41st (Colored) Infantry Regiments.  All the enlisted soldiers were black, either veterans of the U.S. Colored Troops or freedmen. From its activation to 1898, the 24th Infantry served throughout the Western United States. Its missions included garrisoning frontier posts, battling American Indians, protecting roadways against bandits, and guarding the border between the United States and Mexico.  [Continue reading.]

Recent Acquisition - Photograph Collection

24th Infantry Regiment Photograph Collection.
Original caption September 1947: “Technician grade five Jesse W. Johnson, son of Mrs. Mary Johnson of 1102 5th Street, Natchitoches, La., recently completed a course of instruction at the Eighth Army Administrative Clerical School, Keio University.  The 24th Infantry is a part of the 25th Infantry Division, commanded by Major General Charles L. Mullins, Jr.”