Frequently Asked Questions

Proclamation signing-March 25, 2013

President Barack Obama signs the Proclamation establishing Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument on March 25, 2013.

Photo courtesy of The White House

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 1906 Antiquities Act, on March 25th, 2013. Read the full Presidential Proclamation. Read the 1906 Antiquities Act which gives Unites States Presidents the authority to protect and preserve public lands by placing them aside as national monuments.


Q: Is Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument open for visitation?

A: No and yes. At this time, the park is not yet open on a regular basis to the public, but interpretive programs, exhibits, and regular visitation hours are currently being developed. Some limited tours and public open house dates are being offered during select days in 2015. To view the schedule of dates and times, please visit the Guided Tours 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.


Q: What other National Park Service sites are there in Ohio?

A: The National Park Service has a total of eight national park sites in Ohio. Click on a site's full name to be taken to their respective page. Each park's "alpha code" is bolded in parenthesis. See map at bottom of page for geographic locations of these Ohio NPS sites. Click on the park's picture on the map to be taken to their website.




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NPS / T. Engberg


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