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Jonathan Street block party included horseback rides

Young man sought to participate in Buffalo Soldiers re-enactment ride

July 03, 2010
  • Jah-Mane Johnson, who will be one in July, and his mother, Carissa Jade Smith, ride a horse at the June 19 Jonathan Street block party.
Photo courtesy of Speak Up Community News,

Wilbert Keeton, president of the Mounted Unit of Maryland Buffalo Soldiers "Horse Cavalry" (Prince George's County) gave free horseback rides at the Jonathan Street Block Party on June 19.

Keeton told a Brothers Who Care official to bring five young people from the area to Prince George's County, Md., to get free riding lessons.

Brothers Who Care will be looking for five at-risk youths who could benefit from the riding lessons.

The Buffalo Soldiers plan to return in September to do a re-enactment ride of local hero and Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. William O. Wilson. Wilson was a member of the 9th Cavalry in the late 1800s and received the Medal of Honor for acts of bravery that saved the lives of his troops. The Native Americans called the black Cavalry troops "Buffalo Soldiers."

Cpl. Wilson lived in the Jonathan Street area and the triangle at the end of the block is named in his honor. Mary Jones, the granddaughter-in-law of Cpl. Wilson would like a young man from Hagerstown to do the re-enactment ride. Contact Brothers Who Care for more information at 301-393-9290.

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