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|After 9 years of planning, a life size bronze sculpture of a 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer soldier will be unveiled and dedicated on the Butler, Missouri Courthouse square. Many events are planned for the weekend culminating in the unveiling at 3 PM Sunday afternoon. Bates County Missouri was the sight of the 1st battle that African Americans engaged in actual combat. They "fought like tigers" and proved their ability and dedication to fight against white soldiers. Come honor these soldiers with us. Pat Decker, Executive Director of the Butler Chamber of Commerce.