Frequently Asked Questions
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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. 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 on a regular basis to the public, but interpretive programs and exhibits are currently being developed. For more information about the park planning, volunteer opportunities and event & tour dates visit the Operating Hours and Seasons page.
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?
The term "Buffalo Soldier" derives from the Plains Indians who encountered and fought the African-American troops on the frontier in the late 19th century. It is said that the Indians referred to the black cavalry troopers as "Buffalo Soldiers" because their hair resembled that of the hair on the buffalo and because of their fierce nature of fighting, which emulated the buffalo as well.