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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Rob McCorkle, TPWD (830) 866-3533 or robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov; Rosieleetta Reed, Texas Buffalo Soldier Association (817) 719-5261 ]
Sept. 30, 2013
Texas Buffalo Soldier to be Honored Posthumously
Historical Marker for Felix Lindsey to be Unveiled Oct. 5 in Wichita Falls
WICHITA FALLS - Seventy-four years after he was laid to rest in a crudely marked grave in Riverside Cemetery, a slave-turned-vaunted-Indian fighter who made his home in Wichita Falls will finally receive official state and military recognition on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Buffalo soldier Felix L. Lindsey, who died at the age of 92, received three wounds in the Indian Wars while fighting for the 10th U.S. Cavalry during the U.S. Army's pursuit of hostile tribes on the Western frontier. Lindsey later recounted how in 1885 after his regiment captured Geronimo in Arizona, he had a face-to-face confrontation with the elusive and feared Apache chieftain as Geronimo negotiated his surrender. A leg wound led to the end of Lindsey's 11-year military career in 1893, while he was serving in the Hospital Corps at Fort Sill, Okla.
A Community Memorial Service will be held at 9:15 a.m. at 800 Jalonic St., the site of Lindsey's Wichita Falls home in the African-American neighborhood, where he and his wife Mary Tillman raised nine children. The former Army sergeant, whose mother was mulatto and father a full-blood Creek Indian, was a respected member of the community who along with family members operated a drapery cleaning and house cleaning service. The memorial service will include the laying of a wreath and placing of a U.S. flag, as well as a presentation by Rosieleetta Reed, president of the Texas Buffalo Soldier Association.
"The amazing part of this story is the perseverance of two white men, the Greenwoods, who helped bring recognition to a black man, Felix Lindsey, who was a slave and became a buffalo soldier," Reed says. "Felix was a humble man, who didn't brag on what he did, such as helping capture Geronimo. He served his country and community with quiet grace."
At 10 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery, 1810 Seymour Hwy., members of the association, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's state parks, law enforcement, wildlife, and the inland and coastal fisheries divisions, and Sheppard Air Force Base Honor Guard will pay homage to Lindsey at a military honors ceremony, followed by the State Historical Marker unveiling. The marker is the result of a tireless campaign for Lindsey's recognition by Wichita Falls resident Mark Greenwood, whose father Arch interviewed the then 90-year-old Lindsey for a story that ran in the Wichita Falls Times-Record in 1937. On hand for the marker unveiling will be Lindsey's granddaughter Doris Ford and great granddaughter Ann Wyatt.
Following the graveside ceremony, a reception will be held at the Museum of North Texas History, 720 Indiana Ave. Representatives of Fort Richardson State Historic Site will host a Buffalo Soldiers exhibit and the museum theater will show a Buffalo Soldiers documentary.
The public is invited to attend any of the Lindsey commemorative events.
Buffalo soldiers, so-called by Indians because the black soldiers' hair reminded them of bison, were former slaves and freedmen who comprised the 9th and 10th Cavalry and 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments formed in 1867 after the Civil War. Buffalo soldiers, reputed to be fierce and skilled fighters, served at frontier military posts from Texas to the Dakota territories to help with the westward expansion of the United States.
Ken Pollard, former president of the Texas Buffalo Soldier Association and founder of TPWD's Texas Buffalo Soldier program in the mid-1990s, is the coordinator of the Lindsey project that shines a light on the forgotten legacy of the African-American military experience. Pollard helped secure legislative support for the designation of July as Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Month and creation of the Texas Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Trail that incorporates historical sites operated by TPWD and the Texas Historical Commission.
"Felix Lindsey's accomplishments after his Army service demonstrates his determination to succeed when he started his own cleaning business and was well liked by those who used his services," Pollard says. "All was good until the Great Depression hit, but the old sergeant held true to the 10th Cavalry's 'Ready and Forward' motto by taking a job as a special delivery agent for the Wichita Falls post office."
Pollard says two of the primary goals of TPWD's Buffalo Soldiers Program headed by Luis Padilla, are to tell the buffalo soldiers mostly forgotten story and add more inclusiveness in the activities and workforce of the agency.
The Felix Lindsey Memorial Project is being made possible through the local support of the City of Wichita Falls and the Wichita County Historical Association.
For more information, contact the Texas Buffalo Soldier Association at (817) 719-5216.
Editors: To download an archival photo of Lindsey as well as other Buffalo Soldier images, please visit: http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/news_images/?g=buffalo_soldiers

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[ Additional Contacts: Colleen Lienesch, Marketing & Communications Manager, (479) 372-7050 or colleen.lienesch@octagon.com; Lenny Francoeur, Tournament Director, (479) 715-6103 or lenny@toyotatexasbassclassic.com ]
Sept. 30, 2013
Toyota Texas Bass Classic Offers Free Activities for Fans and Families
BBQ cook-off, kids' zone and off-road test tracks highlight weekend
ATHENS--The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC), the world championship of professional bass fishing, is bringing the best anglers along with some of the biggest bands in country music to Conroe. Today, tournament officials announced a full lineup of free, family-friendly activities taking place at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center Oct. 4-6 to coincide with the tournament.
"We have world class music and a stellar field of anglers coming to Conroe. With all of the activities we have planned for fans and families, it's shaping up to be a great weekend at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic," said Tournament Director Lenny Francoeur. "This event is really about supporting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and with event tickets being free it's a great way for the community to enjoy world-class entertainment and support a worthy cause."
Outdoor Adventures Area - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area features kid-friendly activities that emphasize the TPWD's youth fishing programs. Activities include archery, a rock climbing wall, kids casting challenge and a host of outdoor-themed educational and interactive exhibits.
Bass Pro Shops Kids Zone - Families can enjoy several free brand new activities in the Kids' Zone including an inflatable obstacle course and Velcro wall, BB gun shooting range, kayak pool and the ever popular mechanical bull riding.
BBQ Cook-Off - Over 50 teams will compete in the second annual TTBC BBQ Cook-Off where they will serve up their best brisket, ribs and chicken. Defending champion Donald Canterbury with the "We Be Smokin" team will return to defend their 2012 titles. Winners of the 2013 title will be announced Saturday ahead of the tournament weigh-ins.
Food Truck Court - Several of the area's awarding-winning food trucks will be on-site at TTBC this year including Papa John's, Holmes Smokehouse, Koagie Hots, Custom Confections and many more!
Wake Rail Demonstrations - Two 1,200 sq. ft. wake rail pools will debut at this year's TTBC and will feature pro wakeboard riders performing free trick demonstrations throughout the event weekend.
Yamaha Test Track - Riders can test various Yamaha ATVs on the 25,000 square foot test track that includes bumps, twists and log-filled roads and obstacles.
Toyota Drive Center - Fans can enjoy hands-on driving experiences in the latest Toyota makes and models including the 2014 Tundra at the off road test track.
Free Concerts with Eli Young Band, The Band Perry & More - TTBC will bring a star-studded music lineup to the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center each day following the tournament weigh-ins. Eli Young Band will kick off the weekend's concerts on Friday, Oct. 4, followed by Southern Slang and Lee Brice before headliners, The Band Perry, on Saturday, Oct. 5. Closing the event Sunday, Oct. 6 will be Thompson Square and Gloriana.
Daily tickets are valid for admission to the festival grounds for angler weigh-ins, daily concerts, Bass Pro Shops Kids Zone, BBQ Cook-Off and the outdoors adventure area and expo. Limited FREE tickets are available now at Toyota dealerships, Academy Sports + Outdoors, and online at toyotatexasbassclassic.com.
The Lone Star Convention & Expo Center is a state-of-the-art facility conveniently located minutes from Lake Conroe and The Woodlands and only 40 minutes north of Houston. The location offers easy access to event activities, local shops and restaurants. For more information visit www.thelonestar.org. The Toyota Texas Bass Classic tournament functions are operated by the Professional Anglers Association with technical assistance and support from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Inland Fisheries Division. Title sponsor for the event is Toyota. Official sponsors of TTBC are ATX Wheels, Bass Pro Shops, Nitro Boats, Coca-Cola, Geico, Mustang CAT and Yamaha. For additional information, visit toyotatexasbassclassic.com or call 1-866-907-0143.
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