As the futuristic Monorail glided high above Harbor Boulevard, a vision from days long past trotted into view. Dressed in post-Civil War cavalry uniforms, the Buffalo Soldiers charged like the wind around Disneyland Thursday afternoon.
The Buffalo Soldiers are participants in a program in VisionQuest, a national organization that provides an alternative to jail for juvenile delinquents with wilderness camps, wagon trains, sailing and biking expeditions, group homes, at-home treatment and learning centers.
The soldiers are in town this week to speak at the California Center for Judicial Review convention in Anaheim, hoping to enlist judges' support to initiate legislation to allow VisionQuest programs in California, according to Bob Burton, founder and chairman of the board.
The 9th and 10th Cavalry of the VisionQuest Buffalo Soldiers--one unit is based in Pennsylvania, the other in Arizona--are predominantly black units carrying on the history of an all-black light cavalry unit that began in 1866 in New Orleans, its members said.