Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When was Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument created?
A: Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument was established when President Barack Obama exercised the authority vested in him, under Section 2 of The Antiquities Act, on March 25th, 2013. Click here to read the full Presidential Proclamation.
Q: Is Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument open for visitation?
A: At this time, the park is not yet open to the public, but interpretive programs and exhibits are currently being developed. For more information about the park planning, tours or volunteer opportunities, click here.
Q: Where did the name "Buffalo Soldiers" originate?
A: After being established by congress in 1866, these all-black regiments were sent to the Western frontier during the Indian Wars. It was while fighting with the Plains Indians that the name was born. Rival Plains Indians would refer to these men of the all-black regiments as "buffalo soldiers" based on the resemblance of their dark, curly hair to that of a buffalo's coat and because of their fierce nature of fighting which was also a trait of the buffalo.
Did You Know?
Long before "Youngsholm" became the permanent residence of Charles Young, the house was once a stopping point for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the house now serves as the face for nation's newest National Park Service site. More...