For more than 20 years, men, women, and children from around the world have witnessed first-hand the magnitude of Captain Paul J. Matthews’ commitment, concern, integrity, and humanity. Matthews, a U.S. Army veteran, historian, author, former pharmaceutical company executive and longtime community leader and volunteer, took a giant leap of faith and founded the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston on January 5, 2001.
Since that time more than 500,000 local, national, and international visitors have walked through the doors of the museum, one of the top five tourist attractions in America’s fourth largest city. The museum is the first of its kind in the world with the largest private collection of African American military memorabilia anywhere in the world.
Matthews received a B.S. in biology from Prairie View A & M University. He served two years active duty and four years reserve duty in the United States Army, wherein he received a Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and a Combat Medical Badge in the Republic of Vietnam. Prior to founding the museum, Matthews worked for 30 years as a Hospital Representative, Executive Business Manager and Director of Military Affairs for Merck & Co., Inc., managing the military division that yielded over $800 million in annual revenue. Matthews is married with one son and two grandsons. Matthews is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.