History & Culture
Establishment of a Monument
Photo courtesy of The White House
March 25th, 2013, the date which officially established the long-awaited Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. However, the work that went in to reaching the monumental achievement began long before March 25th, 2013 and incorporated myriad people and organizations who believed that this true American hero's story should be known to all and cherished forever.
Two of the biggest supporters of the legacy of Charles Young, Omega Psi Phi fraternity and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC), went to great lengths and expenses to ensure that the house of Colonel Charles Young would remain intact and presentable in the hopes of becoming the centerpiece of a national park. The commitment, dedication and resolve that these organizations and the countless number of people who supported the Young legacy, culminated on Monday, March 25th, 2013 as President Barack Obama utilized the powers given to him under the 1906 Antiquities Act and signed the proclamation establishing Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. The proclamation set aside nearly 60 acres of land that includes the former home of Colonel Young. The house, more affectionately known as "Youngsholm" also serves as the current face of the newest national park addition. As the development of this new site progresses, the National Park Service looks forward to working with Omega Psi Phi fraternity, the NAAMCC and all other partners and friends to maximize the growth of the park.