Tennessee State alum, Medal of Honor recipient being honored

March 19, 2018 GMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee State University alumnus and Medal of Honor recipient will be honored with a historical marker at the school’s main campus.

Lt. William McBryar was a Buffalo Soldier who was awarded America’s highest military decoration for his actions during the Cherry Creek Campaign in the Arizona Territory in 1890. His citation said he was distinguished for “coolness, bravery and marksmanship” while his 10th Cavalry troop was in pursuit of Apache warriors.

McBryar is one of 90 black Medal of Honor recipients out of 3,498 dating back to the Civil War.

In 1933, McBryar attended Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State University to complete his degree. He graduated the next year, at age 73, with an agriculture degree. He died in 1941.

The marker will be unveiled at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tennessee State in front of Kean Hall.