“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Jonesborough in Washington County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Alfred Martin Ray Buffalo Soldier

Circa 1849 - 1917

Alfred Martin Ray Buffalo Solder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 26, 2009
1. Alfred Martin Ray Buffalo Solder Marker
Inscription.  On July 1, 1898, Lt. Ray planted the United States flag on San Juan Hill, Cuba, amid a hail of enemy bullets during the Spanish-American War. For his heroic courage in action, Ray received a battlefield promotion. He served in the U.S. Army from 1872 to 1903, first in the Indian Wars as a Buffalo Soldier (10th U.S. Cavalry, Colored), later in Cuba and the Philippines. Born a slave on the Ray farm near Jonesboro, he purchased Woodrow Avenue property in 1904. Alfred M. Ray is buried in College Hill Cemetery.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1A 109.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWar, Spanish-AmericanWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Tennessee Historical Commission series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1673.
Location. 36° 17.492′ N, 82° 28.516′ W. Marker is in Jonesborough, Tennessee, in Washington County. Marker is on S. 2nd Ave.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jonesborough TN 37659, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
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distance of this marker. First Abolition Publications (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christopher Taylor House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Christopher Taylor Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chester Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jacob Brown (approx. ¼ mile away); Jonesborough (approx. ¼ mile away); Alfred Eugene Jackson (approx. ¼ mile away); Warner Institute (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jonesborough.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,833 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on May 10, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photo   1. submitted on September 27, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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