Shelton Johnson brings the hidden history of Blacks in the American West to life through a storytelling project at Yosemite National Park. In his performance, he channels that past, and transforms into the fictional role of Buffalo Soldier Elizy Bowman. And, as a note for our listeners, this story contains some racially-charged language.
To listen to the story click the audio player above.
Shelton Johnson is also the author of Gloryland, a novel about life through the eyes of a Buffalo Soldier.
For more information on Yosemite National Park's Buffalo Soldier educational program click here.
And to see a video featuring Shelton Johnson's performance click here.