Photo courtesy of National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center
Early in his career in 1894, Charles Young received a detached service assignment as an instructor of military science and tactics at Wilberforce University. He developed the curriculum and served as a role model for the young men in the program. He remained an instructor at the university until 1899. In the same year he began his university teaching, He purchased a large house about a mile from the campus which he named "Youngsholm." The house was built in 1856 and was once used as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Young's new residence quickly became a gathering place for friends and university colleagues. A frequent visitor to the house was the world-renowned poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Another frequent and notable visitor to the house was W.E.B Du Bois (co-founder of the Niagara Movement and the NAACP). The two men became close, life-long friends. After he married in 1903, Charles and Ada Young continued to live in the Wilberforce home where they began a family. Although his military career took him across the globe, Young considered "Youngsholm" his sanctuary where he raised a family, mentored a successive generation of leaders, and found intellectual refuge.
Did You Know?
In 1866, Congress established six all-black regiments (consolidated to four shortly after) to help rebuild the country after the Civil War and to fight on the Western frontier during the "Indian Wars." These regiments went on to serve with distinction and honor for over eight decades until the disbandment of the 27th Cavalry in 1951 which brought the end of the famed "Buffalo Soldiers." More...