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Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army On Wheels

First Aired Sunday, December 19, 1999

The story of the 25th Infantry's bicycle trip from Missoula to St. Louis.

This program tells the story of the 25th Infantry's bicycle trip from Missoula to St. Louis, Mo. in 1897. The African American infantry took the trip to test a theory that the bicycle could replace the horse in transporting men for the army. By means of archival film, photographs and interviews with historians, the program also examines the life of one African American soldier in particular, First Sgt. Mingo Sanders, who was the enlisted men's chief motivator. 

Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army On Wheels