Sam Allen, Commander of the North Texas Buffalo Soldiers, stands at attention during the dedication cermony.
Tommie Gratts Mallet provides family history during the dedication ceremony.
Helen Gratts Eldridge has the honor of unveiling the historical marker at Willow Springs Colored Cemetery Saturday.
Josef Gratts speaks at the dedication of his great grandfather Lawson Gratts' Historical Marker with members of the North Texas Buffalo Soldiers (From left: Commander Sam Allen, Paul Allen and Jack Dyess).
Josef Gratts and Helen Gratts Eldridge at the unveiling of the historical marker with members of the North Texas Buffalo Soldiers.
The first historical marker recognizing an African American in Parker County was unveiled Saturday at Willow Springs Colored Cemetery.
Family of Lawson Gratz pose for a group portrait after the ceremony.
Tommie Gratts Mallet holds a poster of Lawson D. Gratz.
Danielle Holder of Peaster poses with Xia and Xavier near the historical marker. The children are among the seventh generation descendants of Lawson Gratz.
Mary Sneed of Ames, Iowa holds a Civil War era sword and a Colt 1851 Navy Revolver.
Sam Allen carries officer's stripes because the Buffalo Soldier he portrays only wore them during battle.
Sam Allen, Evelyn Loudres and Paul Allen with a poster of Lawson Gratz.