"The thing then to be desired above all others is confidence in one's self..." Charles Young

Throughout his life, Charles Young overcame countless obstacles in his ascent to prominence.  In spite of overt racism and stifling inequality, Young rose through the military ranks to become one of the most respected leaders of his time.  A well-rounded man with a steadfast devotion to duty, Young led by example and inspired a generation of new leaders. Read More

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The official introductory film of Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. The biographical film of Charles Young, quintessential soldier, Civil Rights pioneer, family man. Learn about this iconic American hero whose legacy resonates to this day.

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Women of the 6888th

Discover the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion (Six Triple Eight) and their role in winning World War Two.

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General Charles Young

The life of General Charles Young was filled with memorable highs and demoralizing lows. Learn more about this true American hero.

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Education Programs

Explore the stories of the Buffalo Soldiers through our education programs.

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Buffalo Soldiers by the Decades

Discover the people, places and events that shaped the Buffalo Soldiers for almost 90 years.

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Charles Young's Family

Throughout Charles Young’s life, his family supported and encouraged him. Learn more about the people who made the man.

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The Buffalo Soldiers

Read the stories of the men who battled enemies of the U.S. abroad all the while as they struggled to earn equality at home.


Guest Speaker

Park Rangers are available to present programs to classrooms, community organizations, veteran groups, libraries, and more.

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Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks

Discover the history and legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers in the national parks when you read their amazing stories.

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Medal of Honor Recipients

Since the 1860s there have been over 90 African Americans awarded the Medal of Honor. Follow this link to discover their stories.

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The Veterans Podcast

Watch new podcast episodes featuring WWII African American vets, Mr. Harold J. Warren, Jr. & former WAC 1st Lt. Vivian "Millie" Bailey.

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Young family home long-term closure

The Young family home is now closed for an extensive 15-month long renovation. House tours are unavailable. Click for complete details.

Last updated: March 17, 2023

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