Photo: Shannon Peacock

Trooper Frenchie Sharpe of the Greater Atlanta Chapter 10th (Horse) Calvary Association Troop A was one of the special guests visiting Porterdale Elementary School on Friday as part of the school's celebration of Black History Month. Several members of the troop spoke to the students about the role of Buffalo Soldiers, African-Americans who played a large role in settling the American frontier. They were dubbed Buffalo Soldiers by the Native Americans and worked to subdue Mexican revolutionaries, hostile Native Americans, outlaws, comancheros and rustlers, according to their Web site at www.buffalosoldiersatlanta.com. Sharpe is portraying one of the most noteworthy female soldiers, Cathay Williams. She explained how Williams disguised herself as a man to fight with the 38th U.S. Infantry in 1866.