Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Alfred Martin Ray Buffalo Solder ~ Circa 1849 - 1917

Marker ID: THC 1A 109
Location: on S 2nd Ave., Jonesborough, TN
County: Washington
Coordinates: N 36° 17.492    W 082° 28.516
  36.29153333    -82.47526666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM5Z1X


On July 1, 1898, Lt. Ray planted the United States flag on San Juan Hill, Cuba, amid a hail of enemy bullets during the Spanish American War. For his heroic courage in action. Ray received a battlefield promotion. He served in the U.S. Army from 1872 to 1903, first in the Indian Wars as a Buffalo Soldier (10th U.S.Cavairy, Colored), later in Cuba and the Philippines. Born a slave on the Ray farm near Jonesboro, he purchased Woodrow Avenue property in 1904. Alfred M. Ray is buried in College Hill Cemetery.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.