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Montana PBS Presents:

The Bicycle Corps:
America's Black Army on Wheels


In 1897, the U.S. Army theorized that the newly developed "safety" bicycle could replace the horse as a means of troop transport.  As a result, the 25th Infantry established a Bicycle Corps to test the overall practicality of military cycling.

Twenty African-American soldiers put their bicycles, their bodies, and the Army's theory to the test with a 2000-mile ride from Montana to St. Louis, Missouri.  The Bicycle Corps: American's Black Army on Wheels chronicles their journey through the eyes of two of the soldiers: the white Lieutenant in command and the Black sergeant who guided and motivated the men.

The Stuhr Museum Research Department is happy to announce the use of images of bicycles (see image at right) from our photograph collection in this documentary produced by Montana PBS and the University of Montana Broadcast Media Center.  The Bicycle Corps documentary was aired for the first time Monday, September 4, 2000, 9 pm Eastern.  Check your local PBS station for broadcasts in your area, or order the video at

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