The Twenty-fourth Infantry Regiment and The Houston Riot of 1917

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1971

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Between July 28 and August 25, 1917, 655 black soldiers of the Third Battalion, Twenty-fourth Infantry Regiment, were stationed in Houston, Texas. Twenty-seven days after their arrival, approximately 100 Negro soldiers of the battalion engaged in a mutiny unparalleled in the annals of American military history. Under the leadership of a company first sergeant, most of the mutineers formed a column and marched from camp into town. For over two hours on the night of August 23, 1917, they rioted against police and armed civilians in black and white neighborhoods of Houston. Sixteen whites died and eleven others were seriously wounded by the black soldiers. Four Negro troopers were killed. [...]

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Black soldiers, African Americans, United States Military, Mutiny, Discrimination

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