Buffalo Soldiers in Huntsville, AL On Oct. 18, 1898, the 10th Cavalry, returning from Cuba and the Spanish-American War, stopped in Huntsville, making camp near the present-day intersection of Pulaski Pike and University Drive. The Buffalo Soldiers, under the command of 1st. Lt. John “Black Jack” Pershing, stayed until Jan. 28, 1899, making such an impression on the city that residents dubbed the site Cavalry Hill.
Even though she was deaf and blind, Helen Keller (27 June 1880 - 1 June 1968) learned to communicate and became a world-famous supporter of women's suffrage, worker's rights, and pacifism. She triumphed over every obstacle she encountered, and President Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom (one of the two highest honors for civilians) in September of 1964.