The man behind the Buffalo Soldier exhibit

by susan on February 17, 2009

Buffalo Soldiers

Southborough's Pete DePina at the Buffalo Soldier exhibit

“I was there when the Army was segregated, and I was there when the Army was integrated. The second was definitely better.”

Southborough resident Pete DePina spent ten years in the Army in the 1950’s. Decades later he started a collection of Buffalo Soldiers memorabilia that now fills the Southborough Historical Museum, and then some.

DePina grew up in Falmouth but moved to Southborough 45 years ago. I asked him what he hoped people would take away from the exhibit. “I hope they reflect on what it is today and what it was. We’ve come a long way.”

The Buffalo Soldier exhibit runs through April 19. Items in the exhibit will change each month to reflect different time periods in American history. For more information, visit the Southborough Hitorical Society website.

See more photos from the exhibit after the jump.

Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers

This last picture is of David Cunningham representing the 1st and 2nd Rhode Island Regiments that fought during the Revolutionary War.

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