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Yosemite cancels book signing for ranger-turned-author

Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson dressed as Buffalo Soldier Sgt. Elizy Bowman, one of the 400 black troops that protected Yosemite National Park and what later became the Stanislau National Forest in the early 1900's from poachers, timber thieves, and illegal grazing. Shelton gave a performance as Bowman during the Centennial Celebration of the U.S. Forest Service at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. (George Snyder Modesto Bee)
Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson dressed as Buffalo Soldier Sgt. Elizy Bowman, one of the 400 black troops that protected Yosemite National Park and what later became the Stanislau National Forest in the early 1900's from poachers, timber thieves, and illegal grazing. Shelton gave a performance as Bowman during the Centennial Celebration of the U.S. Forest Service at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. (George Snyder Modesto Bee) The Modesto Bee

Editor's note: This event has been canceled.


Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson will read excerpts from his new novel, Gloryland, Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Ahwahnee Hotel.

Johnson, who was prominently featured in the new Ken Burns documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," has for years told the stories of the Buffalo Soldiers who protected Yosemite about 100 years ago.

Gloryland is a first-person narrative about a Buffalo Soldier in Yosemite during the 19th Century.

Johnson will be available for book signings and media interviews after his reading.

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