To kick off their celebration of Black History Month, students and staff at M.R. Wood Center for Learning welcomed actor James Reed Faulkner to their campus for a Civil War re-enactment focusing on the Buffalo Soldiers, the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army.
Edshone Atwood, social studies teacher, welcomed students and guests to the event and introduced Faulkner, who entered the cafetorium in full character.
Faulkner presented a moving performance that centered on the story of Trooper Tyrrell D. Biggs and his experiences during the Civil War era that led to his recruitment to the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army. The 45-minute presentation was based on the writings of Faulkner, who gathered facts from research and actual experiences of his father, who served as a U.S. Marine during World War II and was one of the first Black aerodynamic engineers to build jet fighter aircrafts for the government.
Following his presentation, Faulkner answered questions from students and staff. Faulkner also works for Mad Science of Houston and performs for the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston.