Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Wilberforce

#247 of 256 in Museums in Ohio
The Colonel Charles Young house is a National Historic Landmark in Wilberforce, Ohio. A career U.S. Army officer, Charles Young was born into slavery in Kentucky in 1864. He was the third African American graduate of West Point, the first black U.S. national park superintendent, the first African American military attaché, and the highest ranking black officer in the United States Army until his death in 1922. He also taught military science at Wilberforce University.
On March 25, 2013, under the Antiquities Act, President Barack Obama designated the house as the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, a unit of the National Park Service. Operated as a house museum with exhibits as well about the Buffalo Soldiers, it is currently open for public visitation.
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  • The recap of Charles Young military career reveals a dedicated man battling the prejudice of his age. His forced retirement before WWI to avoid his commanding white soldiers in France, then his restit...  more »
  • A few quick facts about the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers NPS site. - Charles Young was the 1st African American superintendent of a US National Park (Sequoia) - Commander of the 9th & 10th Buffalo S...  more »
  • Very much enjoyed our visit and the tour provided by Demetrius, park service employee. Learned much about the third African american to graduate west point , and about his military service. One note...this tour is normally by appointment only so plan accordingly. But the were gracious to serve despite our unannounced arrival.
  • A big problem I have with this site is there really isn’t much to see. Although the rangers were nice and helpful and told an amazing story I feel like this house could offer a lot more. It is also a very far drive from a lot of things, minus the town of Xenia or Yellow Springs which are very pretty towns to see if you’re in the area. That is not to say you shouldn’t see the site, especially if you’re a park enthusiast, I just feel like more should be offered.

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